The British Consular Service in the Aegean and the Collection of Antiquities for the British Museum

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - History - 224 pages
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The book tells the story of how the British consular service in the Aegean, in the years of the British protectorate of the Ionian Islands (1815-1864) became an agency for the retrieval, excavation and collection of antiquities eventually destined for the British Museum. Exploring the historical, political and diplomatic circumstances that allowed the consular service to develop from a chartered company, into a state run institution under the direction of the Foreign Office, this book provides a unique perspective on the intersection of state policy and the collecting of antiquities.
 

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Contents

1ntroduction I
13
The Political and Commercial Roles of the Aegean Consuls
59
Charles Thomas Newton and
101
The British Consuls in the Aegean as Collectors of Antiquities
137
Appendix
189
lndex
217
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Lucia Patrizio Gunning gained her PhD at University College London. She is a historian, linguist and freelance journalist. She has written about Lord Byron and the struggle for Greek independence, British travellers' views of the Abruzzi, and the connections between Italian immigrants in London. She is currently researching British consuls' involvement in the procurement of antiquities in Italy.

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