[Wheel with 12 sections showing Roman scenes] [art original] / drawn by Bernard Lens for Mr. Hor[ace Walpole] when at Eton school about 1732, to adorn a copy of Bacchus verses.

Lens, Bernard, 1682-1740, artist.
Physical Description:
1 drawing : brown ink and wash on laid paper ; circular sheet 21 cm, mounted to 29.4 x 22.9 cm
Given by Mrs. Anne Damer to Sir Wathen Waller. Later owned by John Hely-Hutchinson, with his bookplate on verso of first flyleaf of volume. Sold Sotheby's, 14 March 1956 (Hely-Hutchinson Sale), lot 584, to Maggs for W.S. Lewis.
Mounted on page 16 in Anne Damer's extra-illustrated copy of: Walpole, H. A description of the villa of Mr. Horace Walpole ... Strawberry Hill : Printed by Thomas Kirgate, MDCCLXXXIV [1784]. See Hazen, A.T. Bibliography of the Strawberry Hill Press (1973 ed.), no. 30, copy 33.
Statement of responsibility written by Horace Walpole on separate slip of paper (2.9 x 6.6 cm), mounted on opposite page.
Title devised by curator.
Cicular design split into twelve equal sections surrounding a smaller circular image at center. The center image is a view across a river of a domed building, with a bridge in front of it and another building next to it on the far bank. Each of the twelve sections to the outside of this center image is topped with an image of an open book; on the left page of each book image is the text "Tab." followed by a number "I" through "XII", the numerals increasing as you move counter-clockwise. Scenes of Roman life are depicted within the twelve sections, the human figures being involved in various ceremonies, agricultural activities, etc.
Variant Titles:
Qua mare qua terras lustrat sol lumine semper, sospite me pater imperium Romanus habebit
Dionysus--(Greek deity)--Poetry.
Rites & ceremonies.
Rome--Social life and customs--Early works to 1800
Damer, Anne Seymour,--1748 or 9-1828--Ownership.
Hely-Hutchinson, John Walter,--1882-1955--Ownership.
Waller, Wathen,--Sir--Ownership.
Walpole, Horace,--1717-1797--Ms. notes.
Walpole, Horace,--1717-1797--Ownership.
Ink drawings--British--19th century.
Wash drawings--British--19th century.
Content Type:
Paintings & Drawings
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Source Title:
Description of the villa of Mr. Horace Walpole ...
Call Number:
Quarto 33 30 Copy 25
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
Bernard Lens, Wheel with 12 Sections Showing Roman Scenes. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.