Edward Dodwell

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Edward Dodwell
Born (1767-11-30)November 30, 1767
Dublin, Ireland
Died May 13, 1832(1832-05-13) (aged 65)
Rome, Papal States
Occupation Writer, painter
Nationality Irish
Genre travel literature
Spouse Giraud

Edward Dodwell (1767 – 13 May 1832) was an Irish painter, traveller and a writer on archaeology.

Painting of the bazaar at Athens, by Dodwell.
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"West Front of the Parthenon", Views in Greece, London 1821

Dodwell was born in Ireland and belonged to the same family as Henry Dodwell, the theologian, and was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

Dodwell travelled from 1801 to 1806 in Greece, which was then a part of the Ottoman Empire, and spent the rest of his life for the most part in Italy, at Naples, and Rome. He died at Rome from the effects of an illness contracted in 1830 during a visit of exploration to the Sabine Mountains. Dodwell's widow, a daughter of Count Giraud, thirty years his junior, subsequently became famous as the "beautiful" countess of Spaur, and played a considerable role in the political life of the papal city.

Dodwell published A Classical and Topographical Tour through Greece (1819), of which a German translation appeared in 1821; Views in Greece, with thirty colored plates (1821); and Views and Descriptions of Cyclopian or Pelasgic Remains in Italy and Greece (London and Paris, with French text, 1834).


  1. "Dodwell, Edward (DDWL795E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Dodwell, Edward". Encyclopædia Britannica. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 374.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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