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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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The Second Collection

The Second Collection

(p.151) 14 The Second Collection
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

As Elgin was given the task of being responsible for the storage, organization, and display of various antiquities which had been sent to England, Elgin also had to manage a second collection of vases, coins, marbles, and other types of antiques that were loyally guarded by Lusieri. In 1806, Lusieri was in a seemingly pathetic state since he had been harrased earlier by the Turks, in conflict with the French, and had been abandoned by British authorities when Elgin came to rescue him. Even if the removal of sculptures from buildings was not an immediate concern, the excavations were resumed via bribing the current Voivode. Although Lusieri had several ideas for restoring the vases and other works, his misfortunes furthered. Lusieri had to make a secret escape to avoid arrest as the Voivode changed his mind about allowing Lusieri to take some of the best vases. This chapter looks into how Elgin attempted to defend his collection so it wouldn't be under the possession of the French.

Keywords:   Elgin, second collection, vase, marbles, coins, antiquities, French, Lusieri

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