Examples of Greek and Pompeian Decorative Work

Examples of Greek and Pompeian Decorative Work

by James Watt

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Overview

This hard-to-find study by a Victorian-era architect presents precise and detailed renderings of antiquities from Greece and southern Italy. Scottish artist, architect, and jeweler James Cromar Watt (1862–1940) belonged to the Royal Institute of British Architects. This volume is the product of on-site studies he conducted in 1893 in Athens, Palermo, and Naples. His painstaking drawings, most of them full size, recapture the delicacy and precision characteristic of ancient designs from Greece and southern Italy.
The splendid variety of designs includes depictions of geometric patterns on marble floors, ornamented urns, and decorative embellishments in the form of leaves, birds, flowers, faces, and realistic as well as mythological animals. Scenes from Pompeii range from a long view of the Forum and close-ups of its richly embellished pillars to details of the altar from the Temple of Aesculapius and floor patterns from the Temple of Isis. Graphic artists and lovers of antiquities will rejoice in this inexpensive new edition of a rare resource and its wealth of illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486795386
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 07/15/2015
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Scottish artist, architect, and jeweler James Cromar Watt (1862–1940) belonged to the Royal Institute of British Architects. This volume is the product of an on-site study he conducted in 1893 in Greece and southern Italy.

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Examples of Greek and Pompeian Decorative Work


By James Watt

Dover Publications, Inc.

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ISBN: 978-0-486-80587-0


CHAPTER 1

THE collection of drawings here published is the result of a study, made during the spring of 1893, of Greek and Pompeian decorative work at Athens and its neighbourhood, Palermo, and Naples.

In order to express, in some measure at least, the delicacy of design and the wonderful precision of execution characteristic of Greek work, the author has striven in the first place for accuracy of drawing. Whenever possible, the objects have been drawn full size; and in all cases every care has been taken to retain the exact form of the originals. Shading has been omitted, except when the form could not otherwise be expressed.

Instead of attempting to discuss a collection of works so various — to do which adequately would demand an essay of considerable length — the author has decided to limit his remarks to occasional notes in the list of plates when any point not sufficiently explained in the plates themselves requires elucidation.

The plates, with the exception of Nos. 8 and 20, have been photographed the same size as the original pencil drawings.

James C. Watt.

Aberdeen, November, 1897.


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