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Lusieri on his Own, 1803–1806

William St. Clair

in Lord Elgin and the Marbles

Third edition

Published in print June 1998 | ISBN: 9780192880536
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192880536.003.0012
Lusieri on his Own, 1803–1806

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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

Chapter.  3248 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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