Athens, Greece as it used to be. In the eighteenth century, that is. Imagery from James Stuart and Nicholas Revett’s “Antiquities of Athens”. Coming out in three volumes in 1762, 1787 and 1794 it was printed in London by John Haberkorn.

“Parthenon, Athens: transverse section of the portico.” 1787, British. Etching with engraving after a drawing by Nicholas Revett. From Volume II of “The Antiquities of Athens.” Archival ID#05/570.  © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/parthenon-athens-transverse-section-of-the-portico
“View of the Eastern front of the Parthenon.” 1787. British. Plate I. Etching with engraving after a drawing by James Stuart. From Volume II of “The Antiquities of Athens.” Archival ID#05/568.  © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/view-of-the-eastern-front-of-the-parthenon
“View of the Erechtheion, Athens, October 1787.” 1787. British. Plate I. Etching with engraving after a drawing by James Stuart. From Volume II of “The Antiquities of Athens.” Archival ID#05/571.  © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/view-of-the-erechtheion-athens-1

A set of four prints from around 1855 depicting the ascent of Mont-Blanc up in the Alps with at least one mountaineer about to slip into the abyss. Made by George Baxter and based on the sketches of John MacGregor a brave mountaineer who reached the summit. Collections of Harvard University. via the publicdomainreview.org.

“The Glacier du Tacconay.” ca. 1855. Print by George Baxter after a sketch by John MacGregor. Collections of Harvard University. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mont-blanc-ascent
“Leaving the Grands Mulets.” ca. 1855. Print by George Baxter after a sketch by John MacGregor. Collections of Harvard University. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mont-blanc-ascent
“The Mur de la Cote.” ca. 1855. Print by George Baxter after a sketch by John MacGregor. Collections of Harvard University. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mont-blanc-ascent
“The Summit.” ca. 1855. Print by George Baxter after a sketch by John MacGregor. Collections of Harvard University. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/mont-blanc-ascent

A selection of Roman sites done in gouache by Italian topographical artist Carlo Labruzzi who lived from 1748 to 1817. His drawings were very popular with those making the Grand Tour.

“Arch of Galliano.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Waterfalls in the Villa Maecenas in Tivoli.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Tempio della Fortuna Virile.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.
“Avanzo del Tempio della Concordia.” 18th-19th c. before 1817. Gouache heavy cream laid paper. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/CARLO-LABRUZZI–Rome-1748-1817-Perugia–Group-of-4-gouache-d?saleno=2586&lotNo=610&refNo=789501.

Please note that the auction house catalog lists the titles and I have done my best to identify which is which but I could be wrong. Thank you! Sarah.

Images of the conservatory Carlton House, city home of the Prince Regent who liked everything jazzed up in a most expensive way.

“”The Conservatory, Carlton House” showing how it may look filled with plants. The conservatory was never built. ca. 1808. British. Pen and ink with watercolor over pencil. Humphrey Repton, maker (1752-1818). Image © Royal Collection Trust. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.rct.uk/collection/917090/the-conservatory-carlton-house
“A view of the interior of the conservatory at Carlton House.” Illustration which ran in the September 1, 1811 issue of Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, Volume 6, Number 33, facing page 167. British. Rudolph Ackermann, publisher. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Carlton_House,_Conservatory,_from_Ackermann%27s_Repository_of_Arts,_1811.jpg
“The interior of the Prince of Wales’ conservatory at Carlton House.” 1811. British. Print. Inscription: Lettered below image with title and “Thomas Hopper, architect/ Engraved Exclusively for La Belle Assemblee, Published by John Bell, Southampton St. Strand, London, September 1, 1811.” Collections of Tyntesfield, North Somerset. Image Tyntesfield © National Trust. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/22291.16
“The Exterior of the Prince of Wales’ conservatory at Carlton House,” view of a grand conservatory in the gardens of Carlton House surrounded by trees and shrubs. 1817. British. Inscription: Lettered below image with title and “Thomas Hopper, Architect / Engraved Exclusively for La Belle Assemblee, Published by John Bell, Southampton St. Strand, London, November 1. 1817”. Collections of the British Museum. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/image/607638001

More selections from “A Portfolio of Fish.” American fish beautifully portrayed by illustrator Miles Rost. From the 1930s. All from the website of archive.org. Collections of the Carlsbad City Library, Carlsbad, California.

“Lake Erie Herring (Leveichthys artedi) Natural size.” Number 77 in “A Portfolio of Fish”. Published in 1935. Rost Miles, illustrator. Collections of the Carlsbad City Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ccarl_000081
“Rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris Rafinesque)”. Number 61 Number 77 in “A Portfolio of Fish”. Published in 1935. Rost Miles, illustrator. Collections of the Carlsbad City Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ccarl_000065
“Marlin”. From “A Portfolio of Fish”. Published in 1935. Rost Miles, illustrator. Collections of the Carlsbad City Library. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/ccarl_000134

Lithographs of men and women in their native costumes who lived in the Tyrol up in the Alps from back before everyone dressed the same. From 1817.

“Paysanne de la Vallée de Lech dans le Tyrol.” 1817. French. Lithograph. Charles de Lasteyrie (1759-1849), lithographer after Hippolyte Lecomte (1781-1857). The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-1325-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#
“Paysanne de la Maugfall en Tirol.” 1817. French. Lithograph. Charles de Lasteyrie (1759-1849), lithographer after Hippolyte Lecomte (1781-1857). The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-1322-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
“Paysanne d’ Audorf dan[?] le Tyrol.” 1817. French. Lithograph. Charles de Lasteyrie (1759-1849), lithographer after Hippolyte Lecomte (1781-1857). The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-1417-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
“Femme de la vallée de Tesino en Tyrol.” 1817. French. Lithograph. Charles de Lasteyrie (1759-1849), lithographer after Hippolyte Lecomte (1781-1857). The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, New York Public Library. Artwork in the public domain due to age. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-1750-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Bit of places all dancing in air. Watercolors of designs by England’s John Dibblee Crace. Living from 1838 to 1919, he worked for Queen Victoria. Member of a family firm that helped decorate the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

“Design for a room with two fireplaces”. ca. 1860. English. Ink, watercolor and gouache on paper. Stamped “John G. Crace & Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” on the lower right. Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363018?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=3
“New University Club/Design of stained glass for skylight over staircase”. 19th c. English. Pen and brown ink with watercolor over graphite.  Signed “JD Crace/[indecipherable]” at lower right on the verso. Stamped”John D. Crace / 38 Wigmore Street W” in purple ink at the lower right of recto. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363512?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=4




“Elevation of Wall for a Coffee Room”. ca. 1887, English. Watercolor and graphite with touches of gouache. Stamped “John G. Grace and Son / 38 Wigmore Street, W” in purple ink at the lower left. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363524?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=5
“Design for Organ Pipes Decorated with Flowers and Fleur-de-lys.” 19th c. English. Watercolor over graphite with touches of gilt. Signed “J.D. Crace” in pen and black ink at the lower right. Image © 2000–2021 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/363507?searchField=All&sortBy=Relevance&ft=John+Dibblee+Crace&offset=0&rpp=20&pos=7

Color lithographs of eighteenth century embroideries. From what I think must be a folio created by Justin Lievre who was born in 1828. Collections of the National Galleries of Australia.

Chasuble broderie. 19th c. French. Lithograph. Archival ID#72.509.729. Image © 2021 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object?uniqueId=57650
‘”Broderie – 17th c.” 19th c. French. Lithograph. Archival ID#72.509.729. Image © 2021 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object?uniqueId=57643
“Broderies du lit de parade.” 19th c. French. Lithograph. Archival ID#72.509.729. Image © 2021 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://searchthecollection.nga.gov.au/object?uniqueId=57648

Decorate up the powder room walls with design possibilities taken from Robert Brook’s “Elements of Style in Furniture and Woodwork” which was published in London and came out in 1889. All of these with an Italian Renaissance theme in case the Medici stop by.

“Italian Renaissance.” Page 38. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofstylei00broo/page/n39/mode/1up
“Italian Renaissance.” Page 43. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofstylei00broo/page/n43/mode/1up
“Italian Renaissance.” Page 45. Collections of the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. University of Toronto, digitalizing sponsor. In the public domain due to age. via https://archive.org/details/elementsofstylei00broo/page/n45/mode/1up

Geometrical figures and perspective drawings, 16th century watercolors preserved at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony. No artist or author’s name but beautiful.

Image 63. Collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. In the pubic domain due to age. via https://diglib.hab.de/wdb.php?dir=mss/74-1-aug-2f&distype=thumbs
Image 65. Collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. In the pubic domain due to age. via https://diglib.hab.de/wdb.php?dir=mss/74-1-aug-2f&distype=thumbs
Image 69. Image 65. Collections of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. In the pubic domain due to age. via https://diglib.hab.de/wdb.php?dir=mss/74-1-aug-2f&distype=thumbs