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The Inside of the Pantheon in Oxford Road / L'Interieur de Panthéon de Londres: P.14996-R

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Current Location: In storage


The Inside of the Pantheon in Oxford Road / L'Interieur de Panthéon de Londres


Printmaker: Earlom, Richard
Publisher: Sayer, Robert
Draughtsman: Brandoin, Michel Vincent (After)




After the drawing by Michel Vincent Brandoin (1733-1807), (c.1772; location unknown). A view of what in 1772 was a new place of evening entertainment, intended as a Winter version of the Ranelagh Summer Pleasure Gardens. The Pantheon was designed by James Wyatt and opened to the public on 27 January 1772 (See Notes). The design of the main rotunda was derived from the Byzantine church of Santa Sophia at Constantinople, decorated in a neo-classical style with the central dome replicating the Pantheon in Rome. Earlom's print after Brandoin captures a view beneath the colonnaded perimeter of the Pantheon with men and women taking rest on chairs, engaged in conversation. The main top-lit rotunda is seen beyond to left and right, crowded with men and women, dancing taking place at the far left. The scene is lit with candles.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Charles Brinsley Marlay, 1912

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


18th Century#
Production date: 1772-08-30 AD 1772


Mezzotint with etching, printed in black ink. As published. Fully-lettered. Lettered in grounded inscription space with artists' names below the image at lower left: 'Chas. Brandoin inven.e et delin' and lower right: 'Rich.d Earlom fecit.'. Publisher's name and date below image at centre: 'R. Sayer Excudit'. Title in closed lowercase and uppercase letters in English and French to left and right: 'The INSIDE of the PANTHEON in OXFORD ROAD.' ... 'L'INTERIEUR du PANTHÉON de LONDRES.' Publication line below: 'London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer No 53 in Fleet Street ... From an Original Drawing in the Possession of Rob.t Sayer. ... as the Act directs, 30 August 1772'. Inscribed in graphite in the margins at lower right: 'J.C.S. 45' [ref. to Chaloner Smith] and on the verso: 'CBM [acquisition source: Charles Brinsley Marlay]. Dorothy George points out the caricatured short stout man with the eye glass at the far left. See BM for an earlier state before title (1902,1011.902).

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14996-R
Primary reference Number: 240043
Wessely (Earlom): 100.II
Chaloner Smith: 45 (p.259)
BM Satires: 5091
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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