Campbell (Nineteenth Century), Elizabeth
'Nymphea at Syracuse. Sicily. May 7th 1825' (sic); Elizabeth Cambell, Mr Stroud and either Mr Walker or Mr Moor. Watercolour. Inscribed and dated, 1825. Provenance: An album of watercolours by Elizabeth Campbell.

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8x11 inches.

£475

“Above the Theatre is an excavation in the rock now called the Nymphia from the fountain it contains, the water being brought by ancient aqueducts. I can hardly think this was its original destination, but I suppose, like many other close to is, it was a tomb of large dimensions, its form a half circle, with a vaulted roof; It is now used for the humble services of the washerwomen.”

“On the outside are some curious carvings, also in the rock, concerning which no one as yet has been able to come to any conclusion. They are square tablets, cut in the rock, without any ornament whatever and without any vestige of inscription, tho’ our Pedant wishes to prove this the grotto mentioned by Pausanius and that the inscription may yet be seen, of the triumph of two Tribunes at the Theatre bearing date 320 before Christ.”

This work appears in the Group: ELIZABETH CAMPBELL - SICILY 1825

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“Above the Theatre is an excavation in the rock now called the Nymphia from the fountain it contains, the water being brought by ancient aqueducts. I can hardly think this was its original destination, but I suppose, like many other close to is, it was a tomb of large dimensions, its form a half circle, with a vaulted roof; It is now used for the humble services of the washerwomen.”

“On the outside are some curious carvings, also in the rock, concerning which no one as yet has been able to come to any conclusion. They are square tablets, cut in the rock, without any ornament whatever and without any vestige of inscription, tho’ our Pedant wishes to prove this the grotto mentioned by Pausanius and that the inscription may yet be seen, of the triumph of two Tribunes at the Theatre bearing date 320 before Christ.”