Temple of Castor and Pollux, Roman Forum, circa 1817
Artist: Charles Robert Cockerell
© RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections
Working during the 19th century, architect Charles Robert Cockerell set the tone for classicism in Britain. His buildings for the Bank of England, Liverpool's St George's Hall and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford reflect the studies of architecture that he made during his travels to Rome, Greece and Florence. The success of Cockerell's career shows the enduring appeal of ancient Greece and Rome, at a time when the Gothic style was actively being revived.
This small, pencil drawing shows the three remaining columns of the Temple of Castor and Pollux standing at the centre of the Roman Forum. A variety of different grey tones render shade, depth and atmosphere while white highlighting adds an airiness to the composition.