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Castor Pollux engraving classical sculpture

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Castor and Pollux


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Original antique print


This plate is from the scarce Florence edition of d'Hancarville's famous work on Sir William Hamilton's collection of antique vases - 'Antiquites Etrusques, Grecques et Romaines, tirees du Cabinet de M. William Hamilton.' It was first published in 1767, this edition is 1801-1808. Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) was the British ambassador to the Court of the Two Sicilys. Living in Naples, he was in a perfect position to acquire the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan vases being unearthed around Naples. He was quick to understand the importance of the vases to the study of ancient art and history. His first collection of vases was sold to the British Museum in 1772 Very few sets were produced due to the expense of printing and colouring this sumptuous work. 'Pag 4 pl.9' inscribed in ink top right corner. A few small marks outside platemark.

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artist Aniel. Lamberti
method Copper-line engraving
date 1801-1808
size 215mm by 150mm (platemark) 480mm by 370mm (sheet)
SKU CL4608