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The English Prize: The Capture of the Westmorland, An Episode of the Grand Tour The Ashmolean, Oxford, from 17th May In December 1778 the Westmorland, a British merchant ship, set sail from Livorno to London. On board, besides 4000 barrels of anchovies and 32 wheels of parmesan, was a valuable cargo of art and antiquities, books and other luxuries—the accumulated treasure of a miscellaneous group of British dealers, artists and aristocrats, souvenirs of their Grand Tour.

In January 1779, the…

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