William Hamilton. Pl. 5. From Peintures des Vases Antiques de la Collection de Son Excellence Mr. Le Chevalier Hamilton. . . ..
Florence: Società Calcographica, 1802. 9 x 13 ¾ (printed image). Hand colored engraving. Very good condition.
Sir William Hamilton, after amassing and publishing fine illustrations of his first “Cabinet of Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiquities,” sold the renowned collection to the British Museum, and began afresh to develop a second, similar collection. Hamilton authored and published his Collection of Engravings from Ancient Vases, based on this second collection, between 1791 and 1795. These engravings are illustrations from the first Florentine edition of Collection of Engravings from Ancient Vases. Part of this group of vases was lost during Hamilton’s hasty escape from Naples upon the invasion of the French in 1798; the remainder was eventually sold en masse to Englishman, Thomas Hope. Though Hope offered Hamilton less than he planned to receive, he promised to keep the vases together, for the study of artists and students of history, as Hamilton had always intended.
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