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William Walcot R.E., Hon.R.I.B.A.  
(Odessa 1874 – 1943 Ditchling, Sussex)

Temple of Romulus

Temple of Romulus | William Walcot | Etching & Aquating | Elizabeth harvey-Lee | E H-L 144

Temple of Romulus
E H-L 144. 445 x 513 mm. Etching & aquatint, 1927.
Signed in pencil. Published by the Fine Art Society. Also initialled in pencil and annotated Ed.50, and numbered 12. On stout wove paper. 


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The so-called Temple of Romulus used to be described as dedicated to Romulus, the son of the Emperor Maxentius, who died AD309. Now opinions vary. By some it is considered more likely to have been a temple to Jupiter, by others built to honour Constantine’s defeat of Maxentius, or in honour of the city of Rome itself, even as the audience hall of a city prefect. The room behind the temple was converted into the church of Santi Cosma e Damiano in the 6th century and the temple served as the vestibule. The doorway retains the original ancient Roman bronze doors.

Walcot has recreated the Temple as it might have appeared in the 4th century, though he surprisingly includes a French inscription in the decorative panel he adds to the upper wall, equating to ‘those who the gods love die young’.