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.
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
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
Note on the Principal Sources