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Drawings Roman mosaic from Bignor, West Sussex

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King, Thomas (1775-1845) - Artist
King, Thomas (1775-1845) - Engraver
King, Thomas (1775-1845) - Printer/Publisher

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Letterpress Printing
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Height (of Mount): 506mm
Width (of Mount): 308mm
Height: 77mm
Width: 73mm
Height: 71mm
Width: 74mm
Height: 285mm
Width: 235mm


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Published Aug. 1811 & Engraved by T.King from a drawing taken by him on the spot - to be had of him East Street Chichester

A view of the ROMAN BATH & tesselated pavement, discovered July 1811 in a field at Bignor near Petworth (Sussex) 18 inches below the surface of the earth

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See Society's Minutes
Vol. 33. p. 45 &/c


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Samuel Lysons, Reliquiæ Britannico-Romanæ, Containing Figures of Roman Antiquities Discovered in Various Parts of England 3 vols. (London: Cadell and Davies, 1813-17), 3: 1-6. Illustrations, pls. V, VII-IX.

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Samuel Lysons, 'Account of the Remains of a Roman Villa, Discovered at Bignor, in Sussex, in the Years 1811, 1812, 1813, 1814, and 1815', Archaeologia 18 (1817): 203-21.

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Samuel Lysons, 'Account of Further Discoveries of the Remains of a Roman Villa at Bignor in Sussex', Archaeologia 19 (1821): 176-7.

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Thomas Morgan, Romano-British Mosaic Pavements: A History of Their Discovery and a Record and Interpretation of Their Designs (London: Witing & Co., 1886), 203.

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William Page ... [et al.], eds., The Victoria History of the County of Sussex 9 vols. (London, 1905-1997), 3: 20-3. Illustration, pl. opp. p. 22.

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J M C Toynbee, Art in Roman Britain (London: Phaidon Press, 1962), no. 190, p. 200. Illustration, pl. 224.

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J M C Toynbee, Art in Britain Under the Romans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964), pp. 260-2.

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Barry Cunliffe, The Regni (London: Duckworth, 1973), pp. 89-95. Illustration, fig. 33, p. 93.

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David E Johnston, 'The Central-Southern Group of Romano-British Mosaics', in Julian Munby and Martin Henig, eds., Roman Life and Art in Britain: A Celebration in Honour of the Eightieth Birthday of Jocelyn Toynbee 2 vols. (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 1977), 1: 115, 117.

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Neil Andrew Cookson, Romano-British Mosaics: A Reassessment and Critique of Some Notable Stylistic Affinities (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 1984), pl. 38. Illustration, pl. 38.
    A sheet of grey paper, on which are pasted a cut-down impression of an engraving by Thomas King of the Bignor pavement, and a cutting from the M[orning?] Post dated August 1811, and another cutting dated July 1811. The cuttings describe the circumstances of the find.