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fishermen boat William Hamilton Greek Vase painting engraving Etruscan

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Hamilton Greek Vase - Two fishermen in a boat with a seated nymph


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Original antique print


Copper-line engraving with original hand-colouring. Depicts two fishermen in a boat with a seated nymph from an Apulian bell-krater. Naples, Museo Nazionale 114260. Probably a scene from the Odyssey : 'When the child of morning, rosy-fingered dawn, appeared, we brought the ship to land and drew her into a cave wherein the sea nymphs hold their courts and dances' Homer Odyssey Book XII. Ref: 'The Collection of Antiquites from the Cabinet of Sir William Hamilton', Taschen 2004, p176-177. 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. '27' inscribed in ink top right corner.

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artist Pierre Francois Hugues D'Hancarville (author)
method Copper-line engraving with original hand-colouring
date 1801-1808
size 205mm by 300mm (platemark) 480mm by 365mm (sheet)
SKU CL3450