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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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‘An Aera in Public Feeling’

‘An Aera in Public Feeling’

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Lord Elgin and the Marbles

William St. Clair

Oxford University Press

Lord Elgin's collection which is now officially referred to as the Elgin Marbles, was given in August 1816 to the British Museum. A temporary building was made by January 1817 wherein the British public was allowed to view the collection. As such, Lord Elgin felt that his original aim which concerned improving manufacturing and art in Great Britain had been achieved. It was this cause that persuaded the Select Committee to use British taxpayers's money to buy the collection. In general, England — the term which citizens used to refer to the entire United Kingdom — was believed to have triumphed in spite of all challenges and wars, and it was also ready for celebrating achievements and improvements in public art and literature.

Keywords:   collection, Elgin Marbles, British Museum, public art, England

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