Lord Elgin and the Marbles

Lord Elgin and the Marbles

by William St. Clair


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Based on a detailed study of both original records and recent discoveries, Lord Elgin and the Marbles is the authoritative historical account of the extraordinary circumstances in which the Elgin Marbles were acquired, of the tremendous impact which they made on modern appreciation of Greek art, and of the bitter reaction of Napoleon, Byron, and many others to their appropriation. In the concluding chapters of his book, St. Clair adds further fuel to the controversy by revealing for the first time some disturbing details about the treatment of the Marbles while in the British Museum's care, and of the British Museum's response to public concerns about this important cultural artefact.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192851406
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/08/1984
Series: Oxford Paperbacks Ser.
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

William St. Clair is the author of That Greece Might Still be Free, awarded the Heinemann prize by the Royal Society of Literature. He is also a leading scholar of Byron and Shelley and was awarded the Time Life prize and Macmillan silver pen for his The Godwins and the Shelleys in 1989. He is a contributor to the Financial Times, TLS and other journals, and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

1. An Embassy is Arranged

2. Great Events in the Levant

3. The Voyage Out

4. Reception at Constantinople

5. The Smith Brothers

6. Work Begins at Athens

7. In Search of Ancient Manuscripts

8. The Conquest of Egypt and its Results

9. The Firman

10. 'The Last Poor Plunder from a Bleeding Land'

11. Prisoner of War

12. Lusieri on His Own, 1803-1806

13. Homecoming

14. The Second Collection

15. Artists and Dilettanti

16. Elgin Offers His First Collection to the Government

17. Poets and Travellers

18. Later Years in Greece

19. Lord Elgin Tries Again

20. Tweddell J. and Tweddell R.

21. The Fate of the Manuscripts

22. The Marbles are Sold

23. Last Days

24. Epilogue

Note on the Principal Sources

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