The Middle East through a Victorian Woman’s Pen

Monumental Arch, Nicholas Hanhart after Emily Anne Beaufort Smythe, Viscountess Strangford. Color lithograph. 3.9 x 6.4 in. (10 x 16.5 cm). From Emily Anne Beaufort Smythe, Viscountess Strangford, Egyptian Sepulchres and Syrian Shrines (London, 1862), facing page 359. The Getty Research Institute, 3026-718 A Victorian travelogue encouraged women to undertake an adventurous tour of the[…]

That Greece Might Still Be Free: The Battle of the Philhellenes

Portraits of French Philhellenes: Jean de Jargow and batallion Captain Dania. / Wikimedia Commons By William St. Clair / 05.10.2013 Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies University of London The eight shiploads of volunteers from Marseilles reached Greece at roughly monthly intervals beginning in November 1821. Other volunteers continued to arrive independently. They landed[…]

The Many Faces of Hadrian

By Carole Raddato / 04.29.2014 Historian Art has always been an important part of human existence. Over time, individuals have taken great pleasure from beautiful things and sought to acquire lavish personal collections. The first known cases of individuals seeking to accumulate art collections were in Hellenistic Greece more than 2,000 years ago. The Attalids[…]