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François Fouquet (1787 - 1870), maker

Model of a monument at Palmyra, Syria, 'restored', c.1800-1834, plaster of Paris.

Height: 33.5cm
Width: 16.4cm
Depth: 16.4cm
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Museum number: MR34

Curatorial note

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.

Provenance help-art-provenance

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.

Exhibition history

Soane and Death, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 26 February - 12 May 1996


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk