Entrance to the French Capuchin Monastery in Athens

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View of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates as it stood when still part of a Capuchin monastery
Entrance to the Capuchin Monastery in Athens.

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View of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates as it stood when still part of a Capuchin monastery, with two conversing figures walking through the archway.

This etching is a partial copy of a plate from Les ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce…[1]. Méryon commented on his own work as follows:

As regards the plate by Le Roy, which I scaled down to the requested dimensions, I had a photograph taken on location to help me read the main structure of that graceful monument. My etching was done with a lot of conscientiousness, but is too fussy and still too harsh in its execution. I have since also noticed that I could easily have made it more complete by better modeling certain parts and putting in some more work.

(Avec la pièce de Leroy [sic], que j’ai réduite à la dimension demandée, j’avais pour m’aider à lire la structure première de ce gracieux monument, une photographie prise sur les lieux. Ma gravure est faite avec beaucoup de conscience, mais trop précise et dure encore d’exécution. J’ai vu aussi depuis qu’il m’eût été facile de la compléter, en modelant mieux certaines parties par l’addition de quelques travaux.[2])

(Translation ours)
The caption reads in the original French: Entrée du couvent des capucins à Athènes.

  1. ^ Le Roy, David. Les ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce…. Paris: H.L. Guerin & L.F. Delatour, 1758.
  2. ^ Quoted in Delteil, Loys. Le peintre-graveur illustré, vol. 2. Paris: 1907, plate 61.
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