[Philadelphia. ca. 1836]. Broadside, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Some light edge wear. A bit of soiling. Very good. Item #WRCAM47681
A scarce broadside advertising the Philadelphia exhibition of sculptures copying art from the Parthenon which had been absconded by Lord Elgin and put on display at the British Museum. The taking of the so-called "Elgin Marbles" was controversial in its day, and remains even more so two centuries later. The general public was thrilled to be able to see these masterworks of classical sculpture, and in 1824 the sculptor John Graham Lough went to England to study them. He recreated the scene of the mythical battle between the Centaurs and Lapithae, and displayed the work at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia. OCLC lists only one copy of this broadside describing the exhibition, at the Library Company of Philadelphia. That copy bears a manuscript date of January 30, 1836, hence our presumed dating of the publication. This exhibition occurred at the height of the Greek Revival period in America, and was cited in an 1837 guide to Philadelphia. A part of the text of the broadside describes the mythic battle. OCLC 85222052.