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William Hamilton Greek Vase painting engraving Etruscan D'Hancarville

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Hamilton Greek Vase - Dionysiac Group - satyrs and maenad


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Original antique print


Depicts a Greek vase-painting from an Attic bell-krater. 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. Central vertical fold as issued. One tiny hole, invisible unless held up against the light. Ref : Taschen I. - 40.

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artist Pierre Francois Hugues D'Hancarville (author)
method Copper-line engraving with original hand-colouring
date 1767
size 285mm by 510mm (platemark) 460mm by 710mm (sheet)
SKU CL6877