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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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Lord Elgin Tries Again

Lord Elgin Tries Again

(p.214) 19 Lord Elgin Tries Again
Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

In May 1812, just as Childe Harold's Pligrimage was at the summit of its popularity and enthusiasm, the second collection of Elgin marbles arrived in England. The promise of giving some of the marbles to the British Museum was already forgotten and the entire collection was brought instead to Burlington House where they were to be arranged and inspected. Burlington House museum could be found in the yard behind the house. Since the establishment did not have any windows, it was difficult to set out the marbles before they could be viewed. The fragments were messily piled on top of one another and some even had to be left outside. The aim of improving the arts was not forgotten, and some prominent artists continued to produce drawings in the new museum. As soon as Elgin was released, he tried to come up with a way to sell the marbles through acquiring authoritative foreign opinion.

Keywords:   second collection, England, British Museum, Burlington House, foreign opinion

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