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Nostell Priory Greek Vase Documents Rediscovered in Oxford

An important series of early nineteenth-century manuscripts has been rediscovered within the Beazley Archive in Oxford University's Classical Art Research Centre.

The papers document the purchase and display of the famous collection of classical Attic and South Italian vases and other objects acquired by Charles Winn in Naples in 1818. They include letters negotiating the purchase. When the vases were sold from Nostell Priory by Christie's in 1975, the archival material was retained and ended up in the Beazley Archive among the papers of Sir John Beazley. The vases themselves are now dispersed in public and private collections around the world. The decision has been made to reunite the manuscripts with the sequence of Nostell Priory papers to which they formerly belonged, which are now held by West Yorkshire Archive Service (

Digital images of the documents are available on the CARC website here: Browse the Archive

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