The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment

The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment

by Jason M. Kelly
     
 

In 1732 a group of elite young men who had met on the grand tour formed a convivial dining club called the Society of Dilettanti. By the middle of the 18th century the Dilettanti took on an influential role in cultural matters, organizing archaeological expeditions, forming the Royal Academy and the British Museum, and ultimately becoming one of the most prominent

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In 1732 a group of elite young men who had met on the grand tour formed a convivial dining club called the Society of Dilettanti. By the middle of the 18th century the Dilettanti took on an influential role in cultural matters, organizing archaeological expeditions, forming the Royal Academy and the British Museum, and ultimately becoming one of the most prominent and influential societies of the British Enlightenment.

This lively and illuminating account is the most detailed analysis of the early Society of Dilettanti to date. Jason M. Kelly places the group at the complex intersection of international and national discourses that shaped the British Enlightenment; thus, it sheds new light on 18th-century grand tourism, elite masculinity, sociability, aesthetics, architecture, and archaeology.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of British Studies

"[M]eticulously researched and elegantly presented . . . [a] fine and important study."—W.C. Lubenow, Journal of British Studies

— W.C. Lubenow

Journal of British Studies - W.C. Lubenow

"[M]eticulously researched and elegantly presented . . . [a] fine and important study."—W.C. Lubenow, Journal of British Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300152197
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Series:
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Series
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jason M. Kelly is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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