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Donaldson, Thomas Leverton

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    Full Name: Donaldson, Thomas Leverton

    Other Names:

    • Thomas Donaldson

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1795

    Date Died: 1885

    Home Country/ies: United Kingdom

    Subject Area(s): ancient, Ancient Greek (culture or style), archaeology, architecture (object genre), and sculpture (visual works)

    Career(s): educators


    University College, London professor of architecture and archeaologist; involved in the debates regarding the polychromy of Greek architecture. Donaldson was part of a committee including Jacques-Ignace Hittorff and C. R. Cockerell, which met between 1836-1837 to determine whether the Elgin Marbles and other Greek statuary in the British Museum had originally been colored. They concluded that they had not, (their findings appear in the Transactions of the Royal Institute of British Architects for1842), despite Cockerell’s knowledge-and perhaps more–that other sculpture had.


    Contributors: Emily Crockett and Lee Sorensen


    Emily Crockett and Lee Sorensen. "Donaldson, Thomas Leverton." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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