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Pont du Gard & Arena of Nîme

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A pair of Grand Tour oil paintings depicting the two related structures in the South of France; The Pont du Gard and The Arena of Nîme.

French, late 18th century,  within period English gilt gesso frames.


It has long been thought that the Pont du Gard was built by Augustus' son-in-law and aide, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, around the year 19 B.C. Newer excavations, however, suggest the construction may have taken place in the middle of the first century A.D. Designed to carry the water across the small Gardon River Valley, it was part of a nearly 50 km aqueduct that brought water from the Fontaines d'Eure springs near Uzès to the Castellum in the Roman city of Nemausus (Nîmes).


The Arena of Nîmes is a Roman amphitheatre found in the French city of Nîmes. Built around 70 A.D., it was remodelled in 1863 to serve as a bull-ring.The Arena of Nîmes was constructed in the time of Emperor Augustus. As the Empire fell, the amphitheatre was fortified by the Visigoths and surrounded by a wall. During the turbulent years that followed the collapse of Visigoth power in Hispania and Septimania, not to mention the Muslim invasion and subsequent re-conquest by the French kings in the early eighteenth century, the viscounts of Nîmes constructed a fortified palace within the amphitheatre. Later a small neighbourhood developed within its confines, complete with one hundred denizens and two chapels. Seven hundred people lived within the amphitheatre during the apex of its service as an enclosed community.


w.27 in x h.21.25 in    23 x 17.25


Item Code: 674

£ 6950

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