|Method||Copper engraving with original hand colouring|
|Artist||Thomas Bowles III after Giovanni Battista Piranesi|
|Published||Published 12th May 1794 by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London.|
|Dimensions||Image 252 x 415 mm, Plate 274 x 427 mm, Sheet 327 x 492 mm|
A view of the Theater of Marcellus in Rome in fine original colour. The title inscribed in English and French with the number 33 in the upper right of the plate. From a series of views of Rome by Thomas Bowles. Although Bowles ascribes that this image is after Piranesi the, Bowles' differs print in many ways.
Thomas Bowles III (c.1712-1767) British printmaker and engraver based in London at the shop in St. Paul's Church Yard and son of Thomas Bowels II.
Giovanni Battista (also Giambattista) Piranesi (1720 – 1778) was an Italian artist famous for his etchings of Rome and of fictitious and atmospheric "prisons" (the Carceri d'Invenzione). He was a major Italian printmaker, architect and antiquarian. The son of a Venetian master builder, he studied architecture and stage design, through which he became familiar with Illusionism. During the 1740's, when Rome was emerging as the centre of Neoclassicism, Piranesi began his lifelong obsession with the city's architecture. He was taught to etch by Giuseppe Vasi and this became the medium for which he was best known.
Condition: Laid to an early 19th century light card album page, some marks and surface dirt in the margins not affecting the image.