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Vetusta Monunumenta

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1737 (engraved)
    1747 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vertue, George, born 1684 - died 1756 (engraver)
    Society of Antiquaries (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lt.-Col. R. G. Elwes, OBE

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case R, shelf 13, box A

Physical description

Print illustrating a Roman mosaic pavement.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1737 (engraved)
1747 (published)


Vertue, George, born 1684 - died 1756 (engraver)
Society of Antiquaries (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Lettered with scales etc. and numbered

'Has Romanorum in Britannia Magnificentiae Artisque Reliquias. Tria, Sci. Elegantissima Pavimenta Tessellata, quae apud Wellow proper Aquas Solis…accuratissime delineari fecerat Jacobus West ex Interiori Templo Armiger, et aere incidi Sumptibus suis curavit Societas Antiquaria Londini Ano. 1738.'


Height: 37.1 cm, Width: 47.3 cm

Descriptive line

Print, from a set of three showing Roman mosaic pavements found at Wellow, Somerset. Plate 52 from Volume I of Vetusta Monumenta, published by the Society of Antiquaries, London, 1747. Engraving by George Vertue.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.



Subjects depicted

Mosaic; Pavement




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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