Drawing, Design for a Surtout de Table (Centerpiece), late 18th century
This is a Drawing. It is dated late 18th century and we acquired it in 1938. Its medium is pen and ink, brush and watercolor on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
This drawing shows ruins, such as the amphitheater, basilica, and classical statuary from Pompeii, and other classical motifs. Arranged like the Circus Maximus in Rome, the design is an indication of the great debt that neo-classicism owed to the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy during the 18th century. It may have been intended as a tabletop of Pompeiian models made by architects aimed at a northern tourist on the Grand Tour, who would want to collect architectural models of ancient ruins.
This object was
It is credited
Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund.
Its dimensions are
41.2 × 101.8 cm (16 1/4 × 40 1/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for a Surtout de Table (Centerpiece), late 18th century; pen and ink, brush and watercolor on paper; 41.2 × 101.8 cm (16 1/4 × 40 1/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund; 1938-88-4150
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Tablescapes: Designs for Dining.