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Watercolour - A Tomb in Lycia, Turkey
  • A Tomb in Lycia, Turkey
    Gandy, John Peter, born 1787 - died 1850
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A Tomb in Lycia, Turkey

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Lycia (painted)

  • Date:

    1812 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gandy, John Peter, born 1787 - died 1850 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, over pencil, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case SC, shelf 12

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Lycia (painted)


1812 (painted)


Gandy, John Peter, born 1787 - died 1850 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, over pencil, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed [falsely] on the back C 1051 Theatre at Myra by J.M.W. Turner. RA. from Coll: of Sir Thos. Lawrence see his initials stamped at the left corner and Kaye Dowland. 1862

paper watermarked


Height: 23.6 cm, Width: 45 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt Sotheby's, Oct.5th 1972 [185] £60'.

Historical context note

Illustrated in Society of Dilettanti, Antiquities of Ionia, Vol.V, 1815, Pl.XII. SD.412 and 413 were made during (or after) Gandy's Dilettanti Society trip when, in Summer/Autumn 1812, he and Francis O. Bedford investigated and drew antiquities in Lycia, including Myra (Demre) and Antiphellus (Kas). Cf. in the RIBA, a large group of drawings by Gandy and Bedford from the expedition, many published by the Society of Dilettanti in The Unedited Antiquities of Attica, 1817, Antiquities of Ionia, Vol.III, 1840, and (W.R. Lethaby ed.), Antiquities of Ionia, Vol.V, 1915.

Descriptive line

Watercolour, Exterior of the Theatre, Myra, Lycia, Turkey, 1812 by John Peter Gandy (afterwards Deering) RA




Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted





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