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Vista of the Northern Peristyle of the Parthenon, Looking Westward

John Fulleylove (1844-1908)



Watercolour with pencil

7 ½ x 10 ¾ inches

J A M'Clymont, Greece, London: A & C Black, 1906, facing page 146

'Chris Beetles Summer Show', 2021, Chris Beetles Gallery, London, No 53

John Fulleylove established himself as an expert in Greek topography from the time of his travels in Greece in 1895, which resulted in the 90 drawings that he exhibited in a solo show held at the Fine Art Society, London, in the following year. A decade later, in 1906, he illustrated J A M’Clymont’s well-reviewed Greece, as the fifth of his projects for A & C Black, and it is among its pages that the present image was reproduced.

The Parthenon is the largest building on the Acropolis of Athens, and the most important surviving building of Classical Greece. Dedicated to the goddess Athena, it was constructed and decorated between 447 and 432 BC. Its fabric was damaged in 1687, during the Ottoman occupation of Greece, when an ammunition dump stored inside it was ignited by a Venetian bombardment.

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