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The South-east Corner of the Parthenon, Athens

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The South-east Corner of the Parthenon, Athens 1803

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This watercolour shows the eastern end of the south side of the Parthenon in Athens. Lusieri was employed by Lord Elgin to record and supervise the removal of sculptures from the building. Due to the extensive correspondence between Lusieri and Elgin, is possible to identify when Lusieri made this drawing. The south-east corner of the building had its metopes removed in two stages between 1802 and 1803. The last three that are visible in the drawing were only removed in the late summer of 1803. Lusieri wrote to Elgin that ‘before having the three metopes taken down, I wished to finish my drawing of them which I started a long time ago’. For some reason, Elgin never received the drawing, and this, along with another Lusieri watercolour (D NG 711), were acquired by Lady Ruthven.

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Metopes are the square pieces in the frieze of a classical building. They often contain carved decoration.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Metope, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. D NG 710
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size 64.00 x 83.00 cm; (framed: 87.00 x 117.50 cm x 3.00 cm)
  • Credit Mary Hamilton Campbell, Lady Ruthven Bequest 1885