Charles Robert Cockerell in the Mediterranean
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330 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

20 b/w, 1 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Charles Robert Cockerell in the Mediterranean

Letters and Travels, 1810-1817

by Susan Pearce and Theresa Ormrod

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Charles R. Cockerell (1788-1863) was one of the most significant nineteenth-century British architects and a major player in the cultural shift from the Georgian eighteenth to the Victorian nineteenth century.

Charles R. Cockerell (1788-1863) was one of the most significant nineteenth-century British architects and a major player in the cultural shift from the Georgian eighteenth to the Victorian nineteenth century. Cockerell's travelsin the eastern Mediterranean between 1810 and 1817 were the formative experience of his life. His forty letters from this period, held in the archives of the Royal Institute of British Architects and published here for the first time, give crucial day-to-day insights into his actions, thoughts and feelings in relation to the intricate histories of the re-discovery and sales of the Aegina and Bassae marbles and, equally importantly, illuminate his hugely significant work on temple architecture and sculpture in mainland Greece, the great cities of Asia Minor, and the significant temples of Sicily.
Drawing on these letters, and on some 150 unpublished letters sent by his friends while they were all in Greece and now held in the British Museum, this book elucidates what Cockerell did and why by analyzing his methods of work and their significance. It discusses Cockerell's aesthetic and conceptual development during his time abroad, particularly his influential part in the changing vision of Greek sculpture and architecture, from Winkelmann's static ideal to one rooted in dramatic tension and contextual contingency. The book unravels the emergence of Cockerell's crucial historical perspective and shows how he arrived at a new view of the ancient Greek past as made up of real lived lives, rather than just existing as a back drop to the present. By offeringa complete edition of the RIBA letters, this book fills a significant gap in our understanding of the thought and work of one of the formative spirits of nineteenth century visual historical culture.

SUSAN PEARCE is Professor Emeritus of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

THERESA ORMROD has extensive experience in archival research, manuscript transcription and editing.
Preface
Introduction: Life Before Departure
Athens, Aegina, and the Morea
Asia Minor, Sicily, Albania, and Italy
Visions of Hellas
The Spirit of the Time
Homecomings
Introduction to the Letters
The Letters
Appendix 1. Sources
Appendix 2. Biographical Notes
Bibliography
"As a social history, a travelogue and an explanation of historical architectural discovery, it was highly informative and enjoyable." SPAB
"Will be invaluable to scholars of Cockerell, nineteenth-century archaeology and Romantic travelling. But perhaps its greatest contribution to scholarship is that it definitively exhausts primary research on this preliminary stage of Cockerell's career." BURLINGTON MAGAZINE
"Will appeal not only to scholars but also to a wider audience." JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF COLLECTIONS

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Title Details

330 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

20 b/w, 1 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press