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Lettres Écrites De Londres A Rome, Et Addressées A M. Canova; Sur Les Marbres d'Elgin, ou les Sculptures du temple de Minerve à Athenes: Par M. Quatremère De Quincy. -

Antoine-Chrysostome Quatremère de Quincy

RA Collection: Book

Record number




A Rome.: , 1818.

Physical Description

160 p.; 220 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t.] - Note De L'Éditeur - [T.p.] - [Text].

Responsibility Note

Publisher and printer are not named.


M. Pavan, 'A. Canova et la discussion sugli Elgin Marbles', in Riv. Inst. N. Archeol. & A., 21-22 (1974-5), p.219-344. On the impact of the Parthenon sculptures in the early 19th century see the bibliographic note on R. Lawrence, Elgin Marbles (1818).

Summary Note

The text consists of seven letters, written between 6 and 16 June 1818.


The verso of the front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81. Purchased for RA Library in 1878 (see RA Annual Report for 1878, p. 51).

Copy Note

The verso of the title-page is stamped 'Duplicate 1837'.

Binding Note

19th-century mottled calf, upper and lower covers having gilt ruled borders and gilt-stamped centre 'WR IIII' within crown and collar lettered 'Honi soit mal y pense'; rebacked in 1989, spine lettered 'Lettres À Canova - Q. De Quincy'.

Name as Subject


Sculpture, Greek - Greece - Athens - Parthenon - History - 5th century B.C.
Sculpture, Greek - Collections - Great Britain - London - 19th century
Art criticism - Art history - Great Britain - France - Italy - 19th century