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Barker Panorama of Constantinople

  • Object:

    Etching and aquatint

  • Place of origin:

    Turkey (drawn)
    Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1799 (drawn)
    1801 (exhibited)
    1813 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barker, Henry Aston, born 1774 - died 1856 (artist)
    Tomkins, Charles, born 1757 - died 1823 (etcher)
    Lewis, Frederick Christian, born 1779 - died 1856 (aquatinter)
    Lewis, George Robert, born 1782 - died 1871 (aquatinter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and aquatint printed in brown and hand-coloured

  • 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:

    SP.77:3

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 112, shelf 5

Physical description

Etching and aquatint printed in brown, with additional colouring by hand, depicting the Aqueduct of Valens in a panorama of Constantinople (Istanbul). Each plate lettered variously with title and 'Drawn on the Spot by Henry Aston Barker', 'Etched by C.Tomkins' & 'Aquatinted by F.C. & G.Lewis'.

Place of Origin

Turkey (drawn)
Britain (printed)

Date

1799 (drawn)
1801 (exhibited)
1813 (published)

Artist/maker

Barker, Henry Aston, born 1774 - died 1856 (artist)
Tomkins, Charles, born 1757 - died 1823 (etcher)
Lewis, Frederick Christian, born 1779 - died 1856 (aquatinter)
Lewis, George Robert, born 1782 - died 1871 (aquatinter)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and aquatint printed in brown and hand-coloured

Marks and inscriptions

Drawn on the Spot by Henry Aston Barker
Lettered

Etched by C.Tomkins & Aquatinted by F.C. & G. Lewis
Lettered

Published Jany.1s.t 1813, by Thos. Palser, Surry Side Westminster Bridge and H.A.Barker, West Square
Lettered

Dimensions

Height: 60.5 cm Trimmed to, Width: 53.5 in

Descriptive line

Etching and aquatint depicting the Aqueduct of Valens in a 'Panorama Of Constantinople, and its Environs', eight plates forming a panorama by Henry Aston Barker. British School, 1813.

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

Barker set off for Turkey in 1799 to make drawings for a panorama of Constantinople, which was exhibited in 1801. Subsequent exhibitions of a panorama of Constantinople are recorded, but it is not clear whether the original work is referred to, or a version of it.
The drawings were probably executed from the Galata Tower.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Printing; Aquatint; Etching; Colouring

Subjects depicted

Panorama; Aqueduct; Landscapes; Cities

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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