Synopses & Reviews
andlsquo;The result of years of research and exclusive access to little-known private collections, Guildingandrsquo;s book tackles the bankruptcies, rivalries, unbridled snobbery and social snakery in the world of collecting. More riveting than Downton Abbey.andrsquo;andmdash;Vanity Fairandnbsp;
and#39;Most unusually, the actual reach of Ruth Guildingandrsquo;s mighty and compelling new study is far wider than the already large subject of andlsquo;Why the English Collected Antique Sculpture, 1640-1840.and#39;andmdash; David Ekserdjian, The Spectator
andlsquo;Beautifully illustrated, particularly with installation photographs both old and new, this enthralling book has a lifetimeandrsquo;s use ahead as the intelligent wandererandrsquo;s companion.andrsquo;andmdash;Brian Sewell, Evening Standard
andlsquo;For anyone wishing to pursue an interest in the subject, there could hardly be a more alluring or stimulating guide than this impressive work.andrsquo;andmdash;Giles Waterfield, Art Newspaper
In a lively re-examination of the British collectors who bankrupted themselves to possess antique marble statues, Owning the Past
chronicles a story of rivalry, nationalism, and myopic obsession with posterity.
About the Author
Ruth Guilding is an independent scholar and critic.