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Watercolour - Interior of the Theatre in the Region of Cacamo
  • Interior of the Theatre in the Region of Cacamo
    Mayer, Luigi
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Interior of the Theatre in the Region of Cacamo

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1797 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mayer, Luigi (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and gouache with gum, on laid 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:

    SD.657

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 89, shelf SCX, box 3

This view of the theatre at Myra, produced for an English patron, contrasts with Cassas's romanticised interpretation of the scene (See SD.214), which caters for a more elaborate, French taste. The prominent figure in the foreground, seen from the back, is nevertheless a deliberate artifice, introduced by Mayer both to draw the viewer's eye into the picture and to emphasize the oriental context of the subject. Versions of the view were reproduced in the Society of Dilettanti's Antiquities of lonia (Part 2, 1797, Plate LVII), and in Mayor's Views in the Ottoman Empire (1803, PI.5).
Caccamo was the Italian name for the area of coast and islands in South-west Turkey between and including Myra and Patara, in which there were several ancient ruins.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Turkey (painted)

Date

ca. 1797 (painted)

Artist/maker

Mayer, Luigi (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and gouache with gum, on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered VEDUTA INTERIORE DEL TEATRO NEL TERRIO DI CACCAMO, LA SCENA DI ORDINE COMPOSITO CON COLONNE DI GRANITO GRIGIO
View of the interior of the Theatre in the region of Cacamo, the stage [built in] the Composite order [of Architecture], with columns of grey granite.

Dimensions

Height: 40.1 cm, Width: 55.4 cm

Object history note

According to Rodney Searight: - `Bt Sotheby's, [24] May 1978 [(361)], £80(+ 10%)'.

Historical context note

The theatre is that of Myra (now Demre, south-west Turkey), not of Patara, further west. Caccamo (or Cachamo) appears to refer to the region between and including Myra and Patara, in which there were several ancient sites. Cf. SD.214.
Reproduced: A version in Society of Dilettanti, Antiquities of Ionia, Part 2, 1797, Pl.LVII, engraving titled Theatre at Patara (see SP.224).
See: B. Llewellyn, `Changing Views of the Middle East Watercolours from the Searight Collection', Antique Dealer & Collectors Guide, September 1983, pp.50-1.
Cf. other versions: Inside view of an Ancient Theatre believed to have belonged to the Town of Patera, now district of Cachamo in Caramania, Eyre & Hobhouse, 1983, and aquatint in Mayer, Ottoman Empire, 1803, Pl.5, titled An Ancient Theatre At Cacamo, 1803 (see SP.378).

Descriptive line

Watercolour, Interior of the Theatre in the Region of Cacamo, about 1780-1790, by Luigi Mayer

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

See large group of gouche drawings by Luigi Mayer, commissioned by Robert Ainslie (1729-1812) in "Adam's Country House Collections at Slane Castle, Co. Meath", catalogue of auction held on 6th October 2009, lots 517 to 542.
David Lewis, 'Spode's Caramanian Pattern The Lycian Sites', in Recorder, the annual publication of the Spode Society, Vol I, 1994, pp.39-50.

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Roman Amphitheatre

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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