Richard Westmacott RA (2)

One of the less well-known activities of Richard Westmacott is that he and John Flaxman together with an assistant called William Pistell were responsible for the display of the Elgin Marbles during the period when they were stored in a ramshackle wooden hut next to the garden wall at the back of Burlington House, where they were housed in 1814 and 1815 after Lord Elgin had to sell his house on Park Lane.   It was here that they were considered for possible acquisition by the British government.   Elgin described how ‘Pistol the marble cutter in New Road near Fitzroy Square, brought them in safety from Piccadilly (Park Lane) to Burlington House;  and is much employed by Flaxman on such occasions’.

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