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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (Made)

  • Date:

    1710-1717 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Talman, John, born 1677 - died 1726 (Artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    ink and graphite on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 92, shelf D, box 60B

The drawing was part of the collection assembled by John Talman (1677-1726). Talman was the son of the celebrated architect William Talman. From about 1698 he was employed by his father to help assemble material for his extensive collection of architectural drawings, prints and books. A keen traveller, he went to the Continent twice in search of acquisitions. He visited the northern Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy, and he made numerous watercolour copies of altarpieces and churches in Rome.

Talman was back in England in 1715. He was a founder-member of the Tavern Society, London, which later became the Society of Antiquaries, and he was appointed its first director. Like his father, Talman believed in the elevating purpose of art and in the use of art collections for the public good. Although his will indicates that he had wanted his vast collection (which contained over 32,000 prints and drawings), to go to Trinity College, Cambridge, he later changed his mind and instructed that it should be sold for the benefit of his children. A portion of the collection was nonetheless given outright to the Society of Antiquaries, who acquired further items from the auction in London on 19 April 1727.

Physical description

The drawings represents two decorated walls inspired by Heliodoro's Room in the Vatican showing Heliodoro and the School of Athens.

Place of Origin

Italy (Made)


1710-1717 (Made)


Talman, John, born 1677 - died 1726 (Artist)

Materials and Techniques

ink and graphite on paper

Marks and inscriptions

On left, inside the drawing

'Disutatione in facia/ la schola d'Atene' //
On the right, inside the drawing


Height: 285 mm approx., Length: 423 mm approx.

Descriptive line

Drawing from an album by John Talman (1677-1726) and other artists. Antiquities and archjitectural details, volume II.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See Universita' di Pisa project: "John Talman an early Eighteen Century collector of drawings".


Ink; Graphite




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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