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Jean-Baptiste Pillement, Águas Livres Aqueduct, Lisbon

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)

Details

Country House
Trewithen
Title(s)
Águas Livres Aqueduct, Lisbon
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Overall height: 64 cm, Overall width: 94 cm
Artist
Jean-Baptiste Pillement (1728-1808)
Catalogue Number
TN37
Inscription
  • Signed and dated 'Jean Pillement 1785'

Description

This view depicts the eighteenth-century aqueduct in the city of Lisbon, a remarkable example of Portuguese engineering. Construction started in 1731 and was completed in the middle of the century. Remarkably, it survived the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Pillement probably shows a section over the Alcantara valley; as with its pendant, TN36, which shows another famous Lisbon landmark, the foreground is populated with figures in Portuguese dress.

by Jonny Yarker

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