Campbell (Nineteenth Century), Elizabeth
'Salinunti [Salinunte]. 15th May 1825. Sicily'; Mr Walker, Mr Moore, Mr Stroud, Deaks and Elizabeth Campbell. Watercolour. Inscribed and dated, 1825. Provenance: An album of watercolours by Elizabeth Campbell. 8x10.75 inches.

“We could distinguish plainly the single column standing of the three Temples of Salinunti and at length reached this splendid mass of ruins. The Columns have fallen so regularly, block beyond block, that it is impossible the hand of Man can have worked the destruction, but more probably an earthquake; tho’ Hanibal and the Saracens have the reputation of this sad work of destruction. These Temples were situated on a rising ground above the sea, from whence they must have made a most superb appearance: the two nearest the ocean are smaller than the third, and have their columns fluted. The second Temple is thought the least good, the Columns being taller for their size than usual.”

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“We could distinguish plainly the single column standing of the three Temples of Salinunti and at length reached this splendid mass of ruins. The Columns have fallen so regularly, block beyond block, that it is impossible the hand of Man can have worked the destruction, but more probably an earthquake; tho’ Hanibal and the Saracens have the reputation of this sad work of destruction. These Temples were situated on a rising ground above the sea, from whence they must have made a most superb appearance: the two nearest the ocean are smaller than the third, and have their columns fluted. The second Temple is thought the least good, the Columns being taller for their size than usual.”