Campbell (Nineteenth Century), Elizabeth
'Quarry near Syracuse 7th May 1825. Sicily' / 'Interior of the Nymphae at Syracuse _ Sicily May 7th 1825'. Watercolour. Inscribed and dated, 1825. Provenance: An album of watercolours by Elizabeth Campbell. 8x11 inches.

“The Ear of Dionysius is situated in one of the large quarries which, for why I know not, is distinguished by the name of Paradise. Towards one end of this quarry is left standing one single column of rock, completely isolated, upon the summit of which, and level with the general surface, are yet vestiges of buildings, or what appear as such, which some suppose to have been a guardhouse. This column is embosomed in luxurious evergreens and flowers, the peculiar property of limestone on calcareous stone, which this is; tho’ perhaps all the best sort has been excavated, which may account for the singular forms and shapes still remaining. They reminded me strongly of Sir J B’s limestone quarries in Yorkshire.”

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

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“The Ear of Dionysius is situated in one of the large quarries which, for why I know not, is distinguished by the name of Paradise. Towards one end of this quarry is left standing one single column of rock, completely isolated, upon the summit of which, and level with the general surface, are yet vestiges of buildings, or what appear as such, which some suppose to have been a guardhouse. This column is embosomed in luxurious evergreens and flowers, the peculiar property of limestone on calcareous stone, which this is; tho’ perhaps all the best sort has been excavated, which may account for the singular forms and shapes still remaining. They reminded me strongly of Sir J B’s limestone quarries in Yorkshire.”