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Charles-Edouard Isabelle drawings of ancient sites in Italy, 1826-1827

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Finding aid for the Charles-Edouard Isabelle drawings of ancient sites in Italy, 1826-1827

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection comprises 163 drawings made by Isabelle during his travels in Italy and Croatia. In Italy Isabelle visited Pompeii, Naples, Pozzuoli, and Benevento in Campania, and various cities in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, and Umbria. In Croatia he visited Pula.

Most drawings are of ancient Roman antiquities, mainly of Pompeii. Also included are drawings of medieval architecture, especially church buildings. Drawings are floor plans, cross sections, elevations, or detailed renderings of architectural decoration. Also present are drawings of sculpture, and minor arts such as vessels or lampstands.

Drawings are executed in pencil on paper or tracing paper; some in black or red ink; several are enhanced with watercolor. Most include inscribed captions and measurements and are dated 1826 or 1827. All are mounted on paper sheets 50 x 32.5 cm. in size.

Arrangement

Arranged by topic. The topical arrangement corresponds to a pre-existing numbering system consisting of the number 36 and a letter, inscribed in pencil in the upper right corner of mount. Some drawings bear additional numbers on the mounts.

Organized in five series:
Series I. Pompeii, 1826;
Series II. Museum in Naples,1826;
Series III. Pozzuoli and Benevento, 1826;
Series IV. Other Sites in Italy, 1826;
Series V. Pula, Croatia, 1827.




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