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1846. Excerpt: ... him, --he who had built the Court House at
Chester on the model of the beautiful Propylaeum of the Acropolis,
and that he, Lord Elgin, immediately consulted Harrison how it was
possible he could render his visit to Constantinople available to
the improvement of architecture and sculpture, with reference to
what remained at Athens. Harrison, who was a man of the purest
taste and greatest simplicity of mind, told Lord Elgin that he
could greatly serve architectural knowledge if he could get leave
to procure casts from the Ionic columns at the end or angle of the
pediments, in order to show us how the Greeks turned the volute
round at that point. Harrison confirmed this to me after, at
Chester, 1821; and he also added, the greatest good would accrue to
the science by such casts, or by casts from any other order, or any
other part of pure Greek building, which he might meet or admire;
for, notwithstanding the beauty of Stewart's engravings, still
there was something in a real projection of architecture, which,
under the varieties of light and shadow, far exceeded in utility
any drawing which could be produced by the greatest draughtsman.
Harrison added: sculpture, too, would be greatly benefitted and
advanced by casts from any fine work remaining. Lord Elgin, thus
advised by a man of so pure a mind and eminent a genius as
Harrison, came up to London, and laid a plan (before embarking for
Turkey) before Dundas, Lord Grenville, and Mr. Pitt; but all these
replied, that with all their love for the arts (" an ounce of
Civet, good apothecary ") they could not feel justified in
advancing the public money for such objects But had Mr. Pitt, or
Lord Grenville, heard lectures at Oxford, they would have felt they
might have advanced public money, and very often did, for...
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