The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems [now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston] by J.D. Beazley, Student of Christ Church, 1920

£28.00
Editors:
John Boardman
Publication Year:
2002
Language:
English
Paperback:
126pp, Includes 30 black and white plates.
ISBN 10:
1841714534
ISBN:
9781841714530
BAR number:
S1074
Sub-series name:
Beazley Archive - Studies in Classical Archaeology, 2
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Description

BOOK DESCRIPTION
J.D. Beazley's The Lewes House Collection of Ancient Gems (1920) was the first publication of engraved gems in what might be called the modern manner; indeed in many respects it remains a model few have even approached since and it is of an academic quality which is hard to match today. It is re-published here, with Beazley's descriptions and commentary, with updated references, and with enlarged photographs of impressions to demonstrate their quality. The two main categories of gems are (very broadly) cameos and intaglios of Greek, Cretan, Phoenician, Roman and Etruscan provenance. The additional material includes Mary B. Comstock's compilation of lists of additional references, and Cornelius C. Vermeule has added an appreciation of the collector.