A Select Collection of Views and Ruins in Rome and its Vicinity. Recently executed from Drawings made upon the sport.
London, sold by Messrs. Robinson, Mr. White, Mr. Faulder and Mr. Evans. .
(70) pp., and 62 tinted aquatint plates.
30 x 23,5 cm. Contemporary quarter morocco, marbled board sides.
All the plates have J. Merigot as publisher, many also have R. Edwards in conjunction with him. The plates are dated from 1796 to 1798, but some are on paper watermarked 1815. Descriptive text in English and French.
An attractive album of 62 aquatinted plates designed and engraved by J. Merigot (1760-1824), a French engraver who settled in London because of the French Revolution.
It may have been a thankless task for an artist of the 18th century attempting to compete with Piranesi’s matchless Views of Rome but that didn’t stop people trying. These aquatints by James Mérigot date from 1798, and can be found in a British book dating from 1815, A Select Collection of Views and Ruins in Rome and its Vicinity. They lack Piranesi’s antiquarian detail and flair for perspective but serve as a reminder of how the city would have looked at the height of the Romantic era when Rome embodied many Romantic obsessions, not least the traces of a vanished civilisation with monstrous appetites. Mérigot gives us the picturesque Rome that would soon disappear once the new breed of archaeologists got to work. http://www.johncoulthart.com.