2011-February-8: ASTENE Spring Event

Travellers’ drawings from the Eastern Mediterranean

This was a unique opportunity for ASTENE members to see highlights of the British Museum’s extensive collection of drawings recording objects and sites of Classical antiquity. The drawings are mostly by British artists – or foreign artists working for British patrons. The topographical drawings, part of a collection of some 6000 works on paper, range in date from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Curators Ian Jenkins and Thomas Kiely kindly agreed to talk about the significance of the collection in itself and for their work. The Mellon Curator of the British Museum’s Greek and Roman drawings, Celest Farge, currently cataloguing the drawings for the Museum’s online database, also demonstrated this new and valuable research resource.