Wonders of the Ancient World: Francois Fouquet’s Model Masterpieces
15 July – 24 September
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND TO THE 22 OCTOBER 2011
A unique collection of twenty plaster restorations of the great buildings and monuments of ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East. Amongst the great monuments of antiquity represented in this collection are the Pantheon, Rome, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World) and the Parthenon, Athens. Made by the model maker and artist Francois Fouquet, who produced meticulously detailed and fragile plaster models for architects and collectors from 1790 to 1830 in Paris. The technique Fouquet used in their creation is still a mystery. The Soane Fouquet models are a very rare survival only one is known to survive in a French collection today.