20 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 4,000
Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
French School, Late 18th Century
Cross-section of a mausoleum
inscribed 'Coupe prise sur la ligne A,B. du tombeau de la famille des nasons sur la route de naples d'après les Esquisses de montane Bibliotheque de la minerve.'
black lead, watercolour, over etched outlines, watermark HONIG
18 x 24 3/8 in. (45.8 x 61.9 cm.)
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This drawing shows a mausoleum excavated in March 1674 by worksmen repairing the Via Flaminia just outside of Rome. The tomb's true treasure turned out to be the mural paintings decorating its vault, walls and niches. The inscription below one of the pictures identified it as the resting place of Quintus Nasonius Ambrosius, and his wife Nasonia Urbica.
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Acquired from Niall Hobhouse, London