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16 (SM volume 164)


16 (SM volume 164)


Puzzuoli. Janry 4th 1779 / Went to the Temple of Jupiter / Serepis, there are great remains / of this temple See sketch book (Italian Sketches 1779, volume 39, 9 verso - 10 verso and for Soane's measured plan of the Temple of Jupiter Serapis see Italy: Pozzuoli: Macellum (so-called Serapeum or Temple of Jupiter Serapis). First excavated in 1750, it was later found to be a market hall of the first century A.D.) / Janry 5th / Pompeii. See Sketch book (Italian Sketches 1779, Temple of Isis, 13 verso and for Soane's measured plan and elevation of the Temple of Isis at Pompeii, measured 5 January and re-drawn 4 November 1779 see: Drawings catalogue: Italy: Pompeii: Temple of Isis)
Lady Miller describes in some detail the Cabinet of Portici with its 'several rooms filled with antiquities' excavated from Herculaneum and Pompeii. She went by boat from Pozzuoli to Baia to visit the 'baths and prisons of Nero', and the Temples of Venus, Diana and Mercury. At Cuma, Lady Miller's sightseeing included the Sibyl's Cave.
'Lady Miller's Travels' refers to Letters from Italy, describing the manners, customs, antiquities, paintings, &c. of that country, in the years MDCCLXX and MDCCLXXI, ... by an English woman (Anne, Lady Miller) published in two volumes in 1776. In Soane's library there is a copy in two volumes of the second edition of 1777; and volume II of the same edition which he took with him to Italy adding marginal notes see 'Letters from Italy ...' by Lady Miller, 177, annotated by Soane, 1778-80'.



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