Tag Archives: Society of the Dilettanti

The William Gell notebooks at the BSA

Or will the gentle dilettanti crew Now delegate the task to digging Gell, That might limner of a bird’s-eye view, How like to nature let his volumes tell; Who can with him the folio’s limits swell With all the author saw, or said he saw? Who can topographize or delve so well? No boaster he, […]

Celeste Farge, “The Society of Dilettanti’s Second Ionian Mission: William Gell’s journals at the British School at Athens and the British Museum”

Sketchbooks and journals from the Ionian Mission © Trustees of the British Museum   Celeste Farge (British Museum), “The Society of Dilettanti’s Second Ionian Mission: William Gell’s journals at the British School at Athens and the British Museum” William Gell (1777- 1836) – Classicist, traveller and topographer – was famously referred to by Byron as […]