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The elegantly dressed Maltese gentleman enjoying the calming surroundings by the fountain at St. Antonio Garden while reading his newspaper on one fine Spring morning.
On the road leading to the old city of Medina, one could not miss the splendid view of the Palace and gardens of St. Antonio - formerly the residence of the Grand Masters and later of the British Governor. It was founded by the Grand Master Antonio de Paulo at the beginning of the 17th century.
The St Antonio Palace and Gardens was featured in such great detail in one of the first guide books for travellers visiting Malta published in 1839. The author Thomas MacGill takes the reader on a fine walk through the pathways of the "extensive gardens". He describes the flower garden as "adorned with beautiful fountains garnished with rare river fish and enriched with all kinds of fruit trees and flowering shrubs brought from Italy and France".
In the early 19th century Sir Alexander Ball opened parts of the gardens "as an evening promenade for the better classes, in town and country". It was later open to the public in 1882.
In the words of Thomas MacGill "St. Antonio is worthy the attention of strangers".
Illustrated by Yanika Zerafa , Art Direction Janice Mercieca.
- Available in A6, A4, A3, A2
- Printed on Giclée fine-art paper (German Etching 310gsm)
- Gallery standard, age-resistant, acid-free paper with a matt finish
- Sold mounted, unframed
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