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Lord Elgin and the Marbles$
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William St. Clair

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192880536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.001.0001

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Lusieri on his Own, 1803–1806

Lusieri on his Own, 1803–1806

(p.132) 12 Lusieri on his Own, 1803–1806
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

In January 1803 Elgin and his family were to return home as all the drawings and moulds that Elgin wanted had already been constructed. Lusieri did not leave with Elgin. The drawings were thus to be finished and turned into engravings for publication as this would serve as an integral step not just in improving the arts in the country but also in making casts and original works available. As four of the seventeen cases of marbles were recovered from the Mentor in Greece, Elgin independently assigned Pietro Gavallo as an Italian messenger to send naval vessels to Cythera and to prioritize the salvaging of the Mentor. Simultaneously, Lusieri was still in Athens after his request for prolonged employment. This chapter looks into Lusieri's endeavours and difficulties in Athens.

Keywords:   Elgin, drawings, moulds, Mentor, Pietro Gavallow, Cythera, Lusieri, Athens

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