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Lowe, Elias Avery

Andrew G. Watson

in Oxford Art Online

Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:

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[Loew, Elias]

(b Kalvarija, Lithuania, Oct 15, 1879; d Bad Nauheim, Germany, Aug 8, 1969).

American palaeographer of Lithuanian birth. He changed his name to Lowe during World War I. After being educated in New York and at Cornell University (graduating in 1902) he studied at Halle University for one term and then at Munich University (PhD 1907), where he was one of a group of brilliant young scholars, students of the celebrated Ludwig Traube. He was lecturer in palaeography at Oxford University from 1913 and Reader from 1927 to 1936; from 1926 he was also a research professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton (USA). He was the recipient of many academic honours. Lowe’s writings are major landmarks in the study of Western palaeography. In The Beneventan Script (1914) he at last laid to rest the unsatisfactory term ‘Lombardic script’, which had confused scholars since Jean Mabillon’s time, and in his English Uncial (1960) he established criteria (the touchstone being the ...

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