Elgin Offers his First Collection to the Government

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:
Elgin Offers his First Collection to the Government

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Lord Elgin's way of life took a huge turn when he lost his seat in the House of Lords and a result of how he had parole to the French government. As such, his visits to London were rare after he returned home from France in 1806. He allowed his deformed nose to prevent him from mingling with others, and he could not afford to run and maintain Broomhall — his unfurnished country house in Fife. Elgin got married again, and he had to face more trouble in terms of finances since he had to support his children from both his first and second marriages. Although Elgin could not afford to maintain his house in London where he kept the marbles, the house could not be sold unless the marbles were removed. His only alternative, since he was facing a lack of funds, was to try to sell the collection to the government.

Keywords: London; Broomhall; finances; lack of funds; marbles; government

Chapter.  2902 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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