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François Fouquet (1787 - 1870), maker
Model of a monument at Palmyra, Syria, 'restored', c.1800-1834, plaster of Paris.
Museum number: MR34
This, one of the largest of the models by Fouquet in the collection, represents one of the characteristic towers that were built by the citizens of Palmyra to commemorate their dead. These towers were located outside the city walls west of Palmyra in what is known as the Valley of Tombs.
Sir John Soane purchased the twenty models by François Fouquet in 1834 from the architect Edward Cresy (1792-1858) who, from 1829 to 1835, worked in Paris. Soane paid Cresy the substantial sum of £100 (£10,136.78 in today’s money). It is likely that Cresy purchased the models directly from Fouquet et Fils.
Soane and Death, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 26 February - 12 May 1996
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