The Greek Revolution 1821


The Hand of Panagiotis Zographos, the Mind of Makriyannis

An exhibition of plates illustrating scenes from the War of Independence. The plates from a limited edition prepared in 1926 by Frédéric Boissonas and John Gennadius reproduce the famous originals of 1836-1839 commissioned by General Makriyannis from Panagiotis Zographos to illustrate his own history of the war.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre under the aegis of the Greece 2021 Committee, sponsored by Mrs Edmée Leventis.

1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022

1821 Commemorative Lecture Series: The Greek War of Independence Revisited

Friday 11 June 2021, 6pm Dr Maria Georgopoulou

“The Land of the Great, the Home of the Brave”. Echoes of the Greek War of Independence on Stage.

A lecture from the Director of the Gennadius Library

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18 June 2021 Dr Nicoletta Hadjipavlou

9 July 1821

An epic poem on the 1821 events in Cyprus by Vassilis Michaelides

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15 October  2021 Christina Angelopoulou

Με τη ματιά του Μυριβήλη στο 1821: Μια παληά, επίκαιρη ιστορία/1821 Through Mhyrivilis’s Eyes: Αn Old Story, a Timely Story.

A talk in Greek based on Stratis Myrivilis’s radio programme and unpublished archival material on 1821 held by the speaker, Myrivilis’s grandaughter.

27 October 2021 Stefanos Poulios

Stop this nonsense about Hellenism or I will destroy you” Symi between compromise and revolt (1821-1830).

The role of Symi during the Greek War of Independence through the Ottoman archives.

16 November 2021 Evita Arapoglou

Famous and Lesser known Images of the Greek War of Independence

22 November 2021 Michael Heslop

Reimagining the past: The Knights of St John (Hospitallers) and the Greek Revolution of 1821

 9 December 2021 Briony Llewellyn and Charles Newton

On the Footsteps of Lord Byron: John Frederick Lewis in Greece and Albania

Briony Llewellyn will introduce John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876), famed for the meticulous detail and jewel-like colours of his Orientalist paintings.  In 1840, Lewis travelled through Greece and Albania on his way to Constantinople, and made numerous very striking watercolours of the people and places that he encountered. Charles Newton has pieced together Lewis’s journey, and he will take up the story with an examination of what inspired him to take the particular route that he followed.

14 December 2021 Dr Philip Mansel

Levantine Alternatives: Greeks in Constantinople, Smyrna and Alexandria after 1821

A lecture about how the Greeks who left  the new kingdom and went to live in these cosmopolitan cities contributed to the development of the fledgling kingdom.

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Virtual Events

Explore our library of virtual events – listen to a range of lectures from nutrition to Greek writers in English, listen to short stories, or why not revisit one of the previous exhibitions.


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