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The Ionian Islands and Western Greece: Drawings by E.Dodwell and S. Pomardi, 1801 & 1805-1806
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The Ionian Islands and Western Greece: Drawings by E.Dodwell and S. Pomardi, 1801 & 1805-1806

18/07/2014 - 25/09/2014

The Ionian Islands and Western Greece: Drawings made by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi, 1801 & 1805-1806

From: 18 July 2014                                                                                                                                                     Until: 25 September 2014

Grand Opening: 12 August 2014

 

This exhibition looked at the Ionian Islands and Western Greece filtered thought the eyes of the Irish painter, traveller and writer on archaeology Edward Dodwell (about 1777–1832) and his Italian artist, Simone Pomardi (1757-1830). The exhibition took place at the Museum of Asian Art in the historical centre of Corfu, opened to the public Friday, July 18 and ran through Thursday, September 25.

The works kindly lent by the Packard Humanities Institute represent in the early nineteenth century the landscape and people of the Ionian Islands and Western Greece in a series of unique and impressive drawings and watercolours. The exhibition curated by Despina Zernioti CMG, Director of the Museum of Asian Art and Professor John McK. Camp, Director of the Agora Excavations, American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Works from the Packard Humanities Institute collection were formerly hosted by the British Museum, London (7 February -28 April 2013) with the name “In Search of Classical Greece” and by the Curia of the Roman Forum, Rome entitled “The rediscovery of antiquity. Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi” (27 September 2013-23 February 2014).

Throughout the eighteenth century generations of young men from Europe’s leading families went to Italy and Greece to improve their education and complete their upbringing. The beauty of the Greek landscape and romance of its classical ruins were the primary reasons for travel to Greece under Ottoman rule. Dodwell made two trips to Greece, in 1801 and 1805/18076 and as a talented amateur he signed many of the watercolours and drawings, even though some of them he worked on with Pomardi; others were Pomardi’s own work.

Many of them were engraved in Dodwell’s own published accounts of his travels in 1819 A Classical and Topographical Tour Through Greece, During the Years 1801, 1805, and 1806. A few drawings exist in other collections, but the majority, over 800 in total, remained in the possession of Dodwell’s Irish descendants until they were purchased in 2002 by David Packard for the Packard Humanities Institute in Los Altos, California.

The Ionian Islands and Western Greece: Drawings by E.Dodwell and S. Pomardi, 1801 & 1805-1806
  • The Acropolis, from the west, showing the Turkish cemetery, pathways, and the western defenses, done in the late afternoon. 
PHI 253. Watercolor by Dodwell, dated July 1805; 34 x 54 cm.
  • The Olympieion, from the southeast, in afternoon light. 
PHI 369. Watercolor; 64 x 125 cm.
  • Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, from the northeast, Saronic Gulf and eastern Argolid beyond, in mid-morning light, windy; temple, with numerous architectural blocks spilling down the slope, including sculpted frieze blocks and others with a Lesbian leaf molding. 
PHI 448. Watercolor by Pomardi, dated September 1805; 66 x 104 cm.
  • Interior of the Odeion of Herodes Atticus, from the northeast. 
PHI 237. Watercolor, about 11:30 am (marginalia); 90 x 130 cm.
  • Corfu town and fort seen from Kanoni, looking northeast, in afternoon light. 
PHI 11. Pen and ink line drawing with some shading by Pomardi, dated April 29, 1806; 36 x 55 cm.
  • View showing the town and port of Bathy, looking north, in afternoon light, with several ships in the harbor; Mount Neritos to the left, assorted figures in foreground.
PHI 37. Watercolor by Pomardi, dated April 13, 1806; 64 x 90 cm. Published in Dodwell’s Views in Greece, London 1821, no. 1.
  • View of Bathy harbor taken from the house of the English consul; view looking west, showing rooftops and several sailing ships with complex rigging in the harbor, with the lazaretto island and Mount Neritos beyond. 	
PHI 40. Sepia by Pomardi, dated April 18, 1806; 25 x 46 cm.
  • Pleuron, eastern gate, looking east-northeast from inside the gate. 
PHI 66. Watercolor by Pomardi, dated April 3, 1806; 33 x 45 cm. Published in Dodwell’s Views and Descriptions, London 1834, no. 26.
  • Cypress trees outside Patras. 
PHI 94. Sepia by Pomardi, February (17), 1805; 62 x 84 cm.
  • Thrasyllos monument, from the west, in late morning light. 
PHI 241. Full watercolor by Dodwell, 1805; 35 x 45 cm.
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