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JAMES 'ATHENIAN' STUART EXHIBITION

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Antiquities of Athens, vol 2, James Stuart and Nicholas Revett, about 1790. Courtesy of the Library, The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, New York, © BGC / Bruce White

Antiquities of Athens, vol 2, James Stuart and Nicholas Revett, about 1790. Courtesy of the Library, The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, New York, © BGC / Bruce White (click image for larger version)

Much of Stuart’s fame rests on his role as author and illustrator of Antiquities of Athens: his reputation as an architect and designer has fluctuated with time and fashion. But Stuart was also involved in other publications. After his return to London in 1754 he accepted commissions to produce illustrations for various books, which he exhibited at the Free Society of Artists. These plates were different from those in Antiquities, as they were allegorical in character or depicted events that Stuart had not witnessed at first hand.