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William Walcot R.E., Hon.R.I.B.A.  
(Odessa 1874 – 1943 Ditchling, Sussex)

The (so-called) Stadium of Domitian on the Palatine Hill

Stadium of Domitian | William Walcot | Etching with Drypoint & Aquating | Elizabeth harvey-Lee | E H-L 82

The (so-called) Stadium of Domitian on the Palatine Hill
E H-L 82. 347 x 557 mm. Etching with drypoint and aquatint, 1919.
Signed in pencil. Published by H C Dickins. Edition of 153. A fine impression on stout wove paper; one minute plate defect. Palely mount-stained in the sheet margins.


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Additional Information about the Print

Probably exhibited at the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers 1920 as ' The Stadium'.

In the Dickins 1919 book on Walcot Thomas Ashby, the then Director of the British School at Rome contributed an article on the so-called ‘Stadium’ and the various archaeologists’ interpretations of its original appearance and function. It is defined as being really a narrow rectangular formal garden, 160 metres long (the Villa of the Quintilii had two similar gardens). There may well also have been ‘exercise’ paths, a certain number of “laps” of which made up a measured mile, and these could on occasion have been used for foot-races. Walcot has depicted the start of such a race watched by the Emperor and his attendants from a terrace in front of the exedra.