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The Acquisition of Taste: The replication, reproduction and reception of a classical gem in Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centures by Richard Aronowitz

This article examines the influence that the three-dimensional replication and two-dimensional reproduction of classical gems in Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries had on these gems’ migration from being solely the preserve of aristocratic collectors in Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to their being bought by men of wealth but not title in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The path of one gem, a Roman intaglio of a standing youth and a seated maiden, through two collections and the fine art trade will be used as a lens through which to examine the trajectory of the greater part of the magnificent collection of intaglios and cameos of the Dukes of Marlborough, formed in the first half of the eighteenth century and sold to pay off a portion of the Seventh Duke’s debts in 1875.

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Friday, May 24, 2019
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