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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Adminstrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of the Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles-Edouard Isabelle drawings of ancient sites in Italy
    Dates: 1826-1827
    Collection Number: 900096
    Creator: Isabelle, Charles-Edouard, 1800-1880
    Extent: ca. 10 linear ft. (6 boxes)
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: The collection comprises 163 drawings made by the French architect Charles-Edouard Isabelle (1800-1880) during his travels to Italy and Croatia between 1826 and 1827. Most drawings are of Pompeii. Also present are drawings of other ancient Roman sites in the Campania and in Pula, Croatia, as well as drawings of medieval architecture in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, and Umbria. Drawings document floor plans, cross sections, elevations, and detailed renderings of architectural decoration.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

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    Preferred Citation

    Charles-Edouard Isabelle drawings of ancient sites in Italy, 1826-1827. Research Library, The Getty Research Insititute, Accession no. 900096.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the repository in 1990.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    The French architect Charles-Edouard Isabelle was born in 1800 in Le Havre and died in 1880 in Paris. He studied at the École des beaux-arts in Paris under Achille Leclerc. Between 1824 and 1828 he travelled in Italy,primarily to Naples, Pompeii, and Tuscany. After his return to France Isabelle won first prize for his design of the customs building in Rouen. He taught architecture and constructed the school buildings of the Écoles des arts et métiers in Châlon and Angers, as well as other structures in Plombières, Paris, Béziers, and Rouen. His publications include Parallèle des salles rondes antiques et modernes, Tombeau de Napoléon, and Édifices circulaires et dômes.

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    The collection comprises 163 drawings made by Isabelle during his travels in Italy and Croatia. In Italy Isabelle visited Pompeii, Naples, Pozzuoli, and Benevento in Campania, and various cities in Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, and Umbria. In Croatia he visited Pula.
    Most drawings are of ancient Roman antiquities, mainly of Pompeii. Also included are drawings of medieval architecture, especially church buildings. Drawings are floor plans, cross sections, elevations, or detailed renderings of architectural decoration. Also present are drawings of sculpture, and minor arts such as vessels or lampstands.
    Drawings are executed in pencil on paper or tracing paper; some in black or red ink; several are enhanced with watercolor. Most include inscribed captions and measurements and are dated 1826 or 1827. All are mounted on paper sheets 50 x 32.5 cm. in size.


    Arranged by topic. The topical arrangement corresponds to a pre-existing numbering system consisting of the number 36 and a letter, inscribed in pencil in the upper right corner of mount. Some drawings bear additional numbers on the mounts.
    Organized in five series: Series I. Pompeii,
    Date (inclusive): 1826
    Date (inclusive): undated
    Series II. Museum in Naples,
    Date (inclusive): 1826
    Date (inclusive): undated
    Series III. Pozzuoli and Benevento,
    Date (inclusive): 1826
    Date (inclusive): undated
    Series IV. Other Sites in Italy,
    Date (inclusive): 1826
    Date (inclusive): undated
    Series V. Pula, Croatia,
    Date (inclusive): 1827
    Date (inclusive): undated

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Real Museo borbonico (Naples, Italy)
    Temple of Serapis (Pozzuoli, Italy)
    Temple of Augustus (Pula, Croatia)

    Subjects - Topics

    Architecture, Domestic—Italy—Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Theaters—Italy—Pompeii (Extinct city)—Designs and plans.
    Dwellings—Italy—Pompeii (Extinct city)—Designs and plans.
    Temples—Italy—Pompeii (Extinct city)—Designs and plans.
    Forums, Roman—Italy—Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Tombs—Italy—Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Decoration and ornament, Architectural—Italy—Pompeii (Extinct city)
    Decoration and ornament, Architectural—Italy.
    Antiquities, Roman—Italy—Naples.
    Arch of Trajan (Benevento, Italy)
    Triumphal arches—Italy—Benevento.
    Church buildings—Italy—Umbria—Designs and plans.
    Church buildings—Italy—Tuscany—Designs and plans.
    Temples—Croatia—Designs and plans.
    Slavoluk Sergijevaca (Pula, Croatia)
    Triumphal arches—Croatia.

    Subjects - Places

    Italy—Antiquities, Roman.
    Croatia—Antiquities, Roman.
    Pompeii (Extinct city)—Antiquities.
    Pompeii (Extinct city)—Buildings, structures etc.
    Triangular Forum (Pompeii)
    Pozzuoli (Italy)—Buildings, structures, etc.
    Benevento (Italy)—Buildings, structures, etc.
    Pula (Croatia)—Buildings, structures etc.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural drawings—Italy—19th century.
    Drawings—Italy—19th century.
    Floor plans—Italy—19th century.
    Elevations (drawings)—Italy—19th century.
    Cross sections—Italy—19th century.


    Isabelle, Charles-Edouard, 1800-1880.