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Greece and Rome at the Crystal Palace: Classical Sculpture and Modern Britain, 1854-1936

Kate Nichols


This book examines the debates that arose around the presentation of classical plaster casts to a mass audience at the Sydenham Crystal Palace, in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain. It uncovers the social, political, and aesthetic role of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture in Victorian and Edwardian culture, assessing how classical art and architecture figured in debates over design reform, taste, beauty and morality, race and imperialism. A study in classical reception, it draws on diaries, autobiographies, scrapbooks, and pamphlets to analyse audience responses to classical scul ... More

Keywords: classical reception, plaster casts, Victorian culture, history of archaeology, audience response, design reform, heritage industry, history of museums, sculpture, Crystal Palace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199596461
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Nichols, author
Postdoctoral fellow, University of Cambridge