British Museum - The Sculptures Of The Parthenon With An Introduction And Commentary By A.H. Smith, M.A., Keeper Of The Department Of Greek And Roman Antiquities In The British Museum

British Museum

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Variant Title

Sculptures Of The Parthenon


London:: Printed By Order Of The Trustees Sold at the British Museum; and by Longmans & Co., 39, Paternoster Row; Bernard Quaritch, 11, Grafton Street, New Bond Street, W.; Asher & Co., 14, Bedford Street, Covent garden; and Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, Amen Corner., 1910.

Physical Description

Portfolio [containing book and loose plates]; 557 mm.

General Note

[Book:] vii, [1], 70, 2] p.: illus. - [Plates:] [2] p., 92 pl.


[Book:] [T.p.] - Preface - Table Of Contents; List Of Illustrations In The Text; List Of Plates; Table Of Abbreviations - [Text] - [Colophon]. - [Plates:] [Divisional t.p., 'British Museum - The Sculptures Of The Parthenon - Plates London: 1910'] - [Plates].


On the reception of the sculpture see the bibliographic note on R. Lawrence, Elgin Marbles (1818).

Summary Note

The work describes the sculptures of the Parthenon or temple of Athene Parthenos at Athens, carved by, or under the direction of, Phidias in the fifth century B.C. The surviving sculptures consist of figures from the two pediments (representing Athene and other divinities), the metopes of the entablature (representing battles with monsters and barbarians) and the frieze (showing a procession, possibly that of the Panathenæa), and include both statues and bas-reliefs.


Presented by the Trustees of the British Museum in 1911.

Binding Note

[Portfolio:] 20th-century half grey cloth, grey watered-papered boards, upper cover lettered 'British Museum - Sculptures Of The Parthenon' with gilt-stamped decoration of a motif from the Partheonon frieze; spine lettered 'Sculptures Of The Parthenon'. Within the portfolio the book is cased in grey paper, its upper cover lettered 'British Museum - The Sculptures Of The Partheon London: 1910'; the plates and their title-leaf are loose.

Name as Subject


Mythology, Greek - Iconography
Public sculpture - Sculpture, Greek - Bas-reliefs - Statues - Site-specific works - Monuments - Temples - Greece - Athens - Acropolis - Parthenon - History - 5th century B.C.
Processions - Ceremonies - Greece - Athens - History - 5th century B.C.
Collections - Great Britain - London - 19th century - 20th century
Art criticism - Art history - Great Britain - 20th century
Pictorial works - Photographs - Photomechanical prints - Great Britain - 20th century