Digging and Dealing in Eighteenth-Century Rome

Volumes 1 and 2

Ilaria Bignamini and Clare Hornsby

View Inside Format: Boxed Set
Price: $85.00
Our shopping cart only supports Mozilla Firefox. Please ensure you're using that browser before attempting to purchase.

Out of Print

This long-awaited book offers the first overview of all British-led excavation sites in and around Rome in the golden age of the Grand Tour in the eighteenth century. Based on work carried out by the late Ilaria Bignamini, it traces sculptures and other works of art that are currently in public collections around the world from their original find sites via the dealers and entrepreneurs to the private collectors in Britain.

In the first of two extensively illustrated volumes, approximately fifty sites are analyzed in historical and topographical detail, supported by fifty newly written and researched biographies of the major names in the Anglo-Italian world of dealing and collecting. The second volume features hundreds of letters from dealers and excavators abroad to collectors in England, offering a rich source of information about all aspects of the art market at the time.

The late Ilaria Bignamini was a historian of art and archeology. Clare Hornsby is Research Fellow at the British School at Rome.

‘The breadth of this study, and the quantity of original sources from which it has been drawn, will ensure that it is used by future generations of scholars for many years to come.’ — The Art Newspaper, April 2010

Digging and Dealing…is a very important contribution to our understanding of how ancient works of art were not only excavated but preserved, restored, documented and displayed.’ — David Watkin, Times Literary Supplement

'These two volumes provide a wonderfully rich excavation site for scholars to mine with gratitude and enjoyment.' — Jonathon Scott, Burlington Magazine

"An invaluable study. . . . Highly recommended."--T. J. McCormick, Choice

"An invaluable resource for anyone studying and researching the impact of Italy on Britain in the eighteenth century, not to mention the history of archaeology and the general history of European art, culture and society."— Patricia Andrew, The Art Book

“The two volumes include a discussion of the papal bureaucracies that controlled the archaeological sites. This set’s numerous, excellent illustrations of all aspects of this archaeological work are a major contribution to an invaluable study.” — T.J McCormick, Choice


“This is a fascinating exploration and interrogation of Italian and English archives relating to the exploitation and removal of antiquities aplenty from Rome and its environs by elites and their agents during the so-called ‘Golden Age’ of the Grand Tour…..[it is a] major new corpus on ‘the British conquest of the marbles of ancient Rome’. “—Neil Christie, The Antiquaries Journal

ISBN: 9780300160437
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
630 pages, 10 3/4 x 8 1/4
200 b/w + 50 color illus.