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Hercules William Hamilton Greek Vase painting engraving Etruscan D'Hancarvill

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Hamilton Greek Vase - Hercules and other figures


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Original antique print


Depicts a Greek red-figure vase-painting. Young nude man with thyrsus and flowers, opposite two young women with fillet, situla, phiale and thyrsus. Above left, Hercules in Nemean lion-skin. 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. '121' inscribed in ink top right corner. Central vertical fold as issued. A couple of faults and some very light foxing in the margins.

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artist Pierre Francois Hugues D'Hancarville (author)
method Copper-line engraving with original hand-colouring
date 1767
size 250mm by 450mm (platemark) 460mm by 710mm (sheet)
SKU CL6875