Notebooks and Sketch-books of Sir William Gell

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. d. 186, e. 152-4, f. 53; Drawings gen. d. 12
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Scope and Content

Notebooks and sketch-books of Sir William Gell, including:  

  • Notes on his journey to Greece and travels in Greece, 1804-April 1805
  • Notes and sketches made during travels in the Peloponnese, January-March 1806
  • Sketches made in Elis and Arcadia, February 1806
  • Archaeological notes on the Etruscans, including copies of inscriptions, ca. 1829-31
  • Accounts of Gell's dreams, 1823

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir William Gell (1777-1836) was an archaeologist and traveller. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The collection was bought from Myers & Co. in 1927 and 1928.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 45187-92.