Roman Samian Ware Pottery Rubbings by Brian Hartley - Introduction

Brian Hartley Legacy of Decorated Samian Ware

Brian Hartley began to write about decorated samian ware in 1953 and, with Brenda Dickinson, continued his work until his death in 2005. During that period a large collection of rubbings accumulated in files at his office at the University of Leeds. He never had time to mount them, and inevitably, over time, they steadily deteriorated, with both age and use.

The generous support of the Haverfield Trust, and the Roman Research Trust has enabled Robert Hopkins to digitise the archive, so that not only is there a permanent record of the material, but it can be put into the public domain on the Study Group for Roman Pottery Website with the help of its former webmaster Ted Connell.

The images should enable students to fill out some of the lacunae which arose from selective publication, and also offer comparative material if further excavations should be carried out on the sites. It is known that the archive is not a complete record of Dickinson and Hartley’s work. Sometimes original rubbings were never returned by illustrators and should anyone come across such collections locally, they can of course be added in the future.

While the images have been reduced to 96.5 dpi for screen purposes, the archive was scanned at 300 dpi, and this is available to buy from Oxbow books.

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