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Dionysus William Hamilton Greek Vase painting engraving Etruscan

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Hamilton Greek Vase - Seated Dionysus with thyrsus and kantharos oppsite a Silenus with oinochoe and tambourine who pours him a drink


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Original antique print


From the interior of an Apulian bell-krater, now in the British Museum. Ref: 'The Collection of Antiquites from the Cabinet of Sir William Hamilton', Taschen 2004, p427. 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. A few spots in the margins.

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artist Pierre Francois Hugues D'Hancarville (author)
method Copper-line engraving with original hand-colouring
date 1801-1808
size 180mm by 180mm (platemark) 480mm by 370mm (sheet)
SKU CL4631