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Object number


Object type



Mosaic Pavement: Rape of Europa

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer

Other number

Ashby ETON VII. 4


Content (description)

Rape of Europa shown as two strips with five draped females and a man behind a rock in the upper layer, and the Bull and Europa in the lower layer.

Content (object)


Content (note)


height (actual size): 529mm
width (actual size): 510mm

Dimension note

Ashby gives the dimensions as 490 x 475
The actual painting on the page measures 487mm x 471mm


Mosaico antico Palazzo Barberini, No. 138 written in ink on the back of the painting

Inscription description

Ashby: 'The numbers (ie No. 138) refer to an inventory lettered outside Palazzi di Roma, with the following title: Bassirilievi, Pitture Antiche, Gruppi, Statue, Busti, Vasi, Are, etc., in Diversi Palazzi di Roma. It forms an index to the great series of drawings of sculpture which Topham not only ordered to be made (cf. Lanciani, BUll. Com 1894, 165, who however did not see this volume) but is a complet inventory of the contents of the various collections, including the pieces which Topham did not feel it worthwhile to have copied; and it is thus a document of capital importance for the condition of these collections in the early eighteenth century. I hope before long to publish it in its entirety'

Materials & techniques note

watercolour on paper



Unknown (Artist)



History and association

Previous ownership


• Ashby (p.61)
• Lanciani (Bull. Com. 1894, 182)
• Ciampini (Mon I. tav. xxxiii. p. 82)
• Bartoli (App. tav. xii. p. 95)
• Turnbull (8 (original 4 palms oncie by 4 palms 3 oncie))
• Jahn (no page ref)
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