Ruins of Balbec, a store-city of Solomon by Bartlett, circa 1836
Ruins of Balbec, a store-city of Solomon by William Henry Bartlett, engraved by R. Sands, circa 1836
This is a beautiful steel line engraving of the ruins of the Temples of Jupiter and Bacchus in Baalbek, Lebanon. In the foreground is a group of men clustered around the six surviving corinthian columns from the Temple of Jupiter. Their presence demonstrates the monumentality of the structure, which was once the largest in the Roman Empire. Beside it is the Temple of Bacchus which is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman temples in existence. It is larger than the Parthenon, though it is not as well known.
William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854) was an avid traveller and the foremost topographical illustrator of his day. He would often create a sepia wash drawing before he would engrave an image. His works have been copied by a number of other engravers, because of their great visual appeal. R. Sands (1792-1855) engraved Bartlett's Ruins of Balbec for John Carne's Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor Illustrated, which was first publisher by Fisher, Son & Co. in 1836-8.
- Naomi Bean