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Drawing Roman mosaic from Bignor, West Sussex

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Douglas, James - Attributed To

Production date

Post 1811




Writing (Processes)


Height: 314mm
Width: 395mm


Inscription content


Inscription content

probably James Douglas, the author of the Nenia.
See Minutes. Vol. 33. p. 46


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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.

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

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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.

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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.
    The letter describes the Roman villa at Bignor, West Sussex, including the finding of the mosaic surrounding the hexagonal pool (described here as a bath with seating), related finds, and 'decorated plaster from the apartments'.