Front cover of The Ince Blundell Collection Vol 3 featuring a photograph of a marble sculpture of a woman with a helmet, possible Athena.

The Ince Blundell Collection Volume III

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This book investigates the important antiquities collection formed by Henry Blundell Hall, near Liverpool, in the late eighteenth century. Consisting of more than 500 ancient marbles - the UK's largest collection of Roman sculptures after that of the British Museum - the collection was assembled primarily in Italy during Blundell's various 'Grand Tour' visits. As ancient statues were the pre-eminent souvenir of the Grand Tour, Blundell had strong competition from other collectors: British nobility and European aristocrats, monarchs, and the Pope. His statues represent a typical cross section of sculptures that would have decorated ancient Roman houses, villas, public spaces, and even tombs, although their precise origins are largely unknown. Most are likely to have come from Rome and at least one was found at Hadrian's Villa at Tivili.

Although most of the works are likely to have been broken when found, in keeping with the taste of the period they were almost all restored. Because of their extensive reworking, the statues are today not simply archaeological specimens but, rather, artistic palimpsests that are as much a product of the eighteenth century as of antiquity. Through them we can learn what antiquarians and collectors of the eighteenth century - a key period in the development of scientific archaeology as a discipline - thought about antiquity. Steeped in the work of such writers as Alexander Pope, educated Englishmen such as Blundell sought a visual expression of a lost past. Restoration played a major role in creating that visual expression, and the author pays close attention to the aims and methods by which the Ince restorations advanced an eighteenth-century vision of the 'classical'. The image of antiquity formed at this time has continued to exert a profound effect on how we see these pieces today.

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Format: Hardback, 385 pages

Dimensions: 25 x 32 x 3.2cm



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