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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 626

    French School, Late 18th Century

    Cross-section of a mausoleum

    Price Realised  


    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