Record number 05/1182
Author Wilkins, William, R.A., 1778 - 1839
TitleThe Antiquities Of Magna Graecia. By William Wilkins, Jun. M.A. F.A.S. Fellow Of Gonville And Caius College, Cambridge.
ImprintCambridge:: Printed At The University Press, By Richard Watts:, MDCCCVII.
Physical Description[6], xxii, 74, [2] p., pl. 2:1-11, 3:1-22, 4:1-11, 5:1-5, 6:1-20, App.:1-4: illus.; 568 mm. (Folio.)
Physical Description NotePlate 3:15 is misnumbered as 3:13; pl. 3:21 is misnumbered as 3:18. Plate 6:7 is double.
Content Format Note[T.p., imprimatur, dedic.] - List Of Subscribers - Introduction - [Text and pl.] - Description of the Vignettes.
Summary NoteThe publication-date of 1807 is carried by the title page. The dedication carries the date of May 1 1807; the imprimatur, that of Oct. 20 1806. Most plates carry the date of June 1 1806; some, those of June 4 1806, Nov. 1 1806, Nov.6 1806, 1807, 1 June 1807. The last in-text illustration (head-piece of the Appendix) carries the date of July 1805.

The six chapters are headed, 1. Sicily; 2. Syracuse; 3. Agrigentum; 4. Selinus; 5. Ægesta [sc. Segesta]; 6. Posidonia, Or Paestum. The Appendix refers to temples in Greece - at Olympia and Bassae.

The plates show views, maps, plans, elevations, sections and architectural details of temples. The views are aquatints.

Wilkins had travelled in Greece and southern Italy from 1801 to 1803. While preparing this book he made designs in Greek Revival style for the projected Downing College at Cambridge, and for Haileybury School. His most celebrated later works were the University College (1825-32) and combined National Gallery and Royal Academy (1838), in London. In 1826 he was elected a Royal Academician, and from 1837 to 1839 served as the Academy's Professor of Architecture.
Responsibility NoteOnly one plate (6:2) is signed by its draughtsman; who was W. Wilkins. Most others are signed by engravers - Wilson Lowry, T. Medland, John Roffe, Samuel Porter, I. Ieakes, W. Angus, J. Caldwall.

Most plates carry the publishers' imprint of Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme (or Longman & Rees [pl. 4:2, 5:1], or Longman, Hurst, Rees [pl. 4:11]), and the date.

The work is dedicated by William Wilkins to Francis Rawdon Hastings, Earl of Moira [afterwards 1st marquess of Hastings].
SubjectArchitecture, Greek - Architecture details - Public buildings - Temples - Italy - Sicily - Syracuse - Agrigento - Selinus (extinct city) - Segesta (extinct city) - Campania - Paestum (extinct city) - History
Art history - Views - Maps - Plans - Elevations - Sections - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Aquatints - Great Britain - 19th century
ReferencesRIBA, Early printed, 4 (2001), no. 3651, p.2396-7; Travel in aquatint and lithography 1770-1860, from the library of J.R. Abbey: a bibliographical catalogue (2 v., 1956), 128; L. Navari, Greece and the Levant: the catalogue (1989), 1797.

On Wilkins see R.W. Liscombe, William Wilkins 1778-1839 (1980); C. Sicca, C. Harpum and E. Powell, Committed to classicism: the building of Downing College, Cambridge (1987); D. Watkin, The triumph of the classical: Cambridge architecture 1804-1834 (1977). Studies of the Greek Revival are J.M. Crook, The Greek Revival (rev. 1995); J. Raspi Serra, Paestum idea e immagine: antologia ... 1750-1836 (1990); Paestum and the Doric Revival [exhibition catalogue] (1986); D. Constantine, Early Greek travellers and the Hellenic ideal (1984); D. Wiebenson, Sources of Greek Revival architecture (1969).
Copy NoteThe rear endpaper carries the bookbinder's ticket, reading 'Bound By W.H. Smith & Son, 186, Strand, London'.
Binding Note20th-century half red morocco, red cloth-covered boards, upper cover lettered 'Antiquities Of Magna Graecia'; spine lettered 'Antiquities Of Magna Graecia - Wilkins'.
ProvenancePurchased on 27 January 1933 from James Rimell & Son Ltd. for £2 12s. 6d. (RA Library Accessions Register, 1928-49).
Contributors Watts, Richard, fl. 1802 - 1809?, printer
Lowry, Wilson, 1760 - 1824, engraver
Wilkins, William, R.A., 1778 - 1839, draughtsman
Medland, Thomas, ca. 1765 - 1833, engraver
Roffe, John, 1769 - 1850, engraver
Porter, Samuel, fl. 1792?-1842?, engraver
Jeakes, Joseph, fl. 1796 - 1815, engraver
Angus, William, 1752 - 1821, engraver
Caldwall, James, 1739 - ca. 1819, engraver
Hastings, Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of, 1754 - 1826, dedicatee
Smith, William Henry, 1858, binder
Cambridge University Press. printer
Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme. publisher
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