Lord Elgin (1766-1841)

Thomas Bruce became seventh Earl of Elgin in 1771, at age five. In 1799 he was appointed British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. The Turks allowed him to take the "Elgin marbles" which were seventeen figures from the Parthenon and fifteen metopes. Lord Elgin wanted them for his mansion in Scotland. While traveling back to England in 1803 he was taken prisoner by the French. Released, he returned home in 1806 only to find his life in a complete shambles. He decided to sell the marbles, which he left to decay in a dirty, damp shed. The British government purchased them in 1816 and put them in the British Museum.

Date:
1865 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES16405
Photographer:
Mathew Brady
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9208px
Width:
5449px
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