• Title
    Wood donation
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  • Creator
    Wood, Robert (c1717-1771) traveller, archaeologist and politicianMore Info on Creator
    Borra, Giovanni Battista (1712-1786) artistMore Info on Creator
    Bouverie, John (c1722-1750) archaeologistMore Info on Creator
    Dawkins, James (1722-1757) archaeologistMore Info on Creator
    Wood, [?]Elizabeth (fl 1751) daughter of Robert WoodMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    Diaries, notebooks, sketchbooks and published works relating to a tour of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant, made by between May 1750 and June 1751 by the classical scholar Robert Wood, the archaeologists John Bouverie (who died during the tour) and James Dawkins, and the draughtsman Giovanni Battista Borra. Three broad kinds of material are represented: (i) Diary volumes and sketchbooks produced during or as records of as records of the tour; (ii) Wood's published and unpublished writings on topics directly related to the tour and the knowledge of classical architecture and the historical and topographical background to the works of Homer that Wood gained as a result of the tour; (iii) Wood's copies of books written by others on topics relevant to his own work, some of which he annotated.
  • Notes
    The Institute of Classical Studies Library and the Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies are housed and administered together. Ownership of the Wood diaries rests with the Hellenic Society, not with the Institute. A pdf copy of a bibliography about Wood is attached to this description.
  • Conditions of access
    Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the library. Access is by prior appointment only. Researchers seeking further information or wishing to consult the material should first contact the Librarian at the Institute of Classical Studies.
  • Extent
    27 volumes
  • Language
    English, French, Greek (classical), Italian, Latin
  • Finding aids
    Handlist available, a copy of which is deposited in the National Register of Archives (NRA 35452). More detailed lists of the drawings in Borra's sketchbooks (Wood/15-17) are also available, as are typescript transcriptions of Wood/1-5, part of Wood/6, and a few small portions of some the other volumes.
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