A description of the collection of ancient marbles in the British Museum : with engravings

British Museum - Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London :: Printed by W. Bulmer and co., and sold at the British Museum ... [etc.],, 1812-61

Physical Description

11 v. : front (v. 6 ) ill., plates (part fold.) ; 32 cm

General Note

Imprint varies

Responsibility Note

Parts I-IV, by T. Combe; pts. V, VII-X, by E. Hawkins; pt. IV, by C. R. Cockerell; pt. XI, by S. Birch


J. Scott, The pleasures of antiquity: British collectors of Greece and Rome (2003); I. Jenkins, Archaeologists and aesthetes: the sculpture collections of the British Museum in the 19th century (1992); B. Cook, The Townley marbles (1985); R. Westmacott, Account of the arrangement of the collection of antique sculpture lately placed in the British Museum (1808).

Summary Note

This was the first detailed catalogue of the ancient statuary collected in the British Museum. The Museum had only recently created its Department of Antiquities (1807) and opened a Townley Gallery (1808). In 1817 it created a temporary Elgin Room.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1821.

Name as Subject


Sculpture, Roman
Sculpture, Greek - Sculpture, Roman - Great Britain - London - History
Collections - Museums - Great Britain - London - History
Catalogues - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


Taylor Combe, 1774-1826.
Edward Hawkins, 1780-1867.
C.R. Cockerell RA, 1788-1863.
Samuel Birch, 1813-1885.
William Alexander, draughtsman