About this artwork

This evocative landscape is one of the finest examples of the Greek views that made Hugh William Williams's reputation. Showing the plain of Chaeronea, the site of several famous battles in ancient times, it skilfully uses successive layers of delicate wash over detailed pencil drawing to evoke the romance of the Greek landscape and history. Greece was an especially attractive theme for Scottish audiences, whose public education focused primarily on the Greek and Roman classics and who thought of their own capital, Edinburgh -freshly rebuilt in the classical style- as the 'Athens of the North'.

Updated before 2020

Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Tell us what you think.

Hugh William Williams

Hugh William Williams