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Pierre Francois Hugues D'Hancarville (author)
William Hamilton Classical Greek Vase-Painting Engraving

1801

$1,650

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Subject : Ancient Greek vase-painting depicting Eros flying above nude youth and seated woman. Technique : Copper-line engraving with original hand-colouring Background information : From the scarce Florence edition of Pierre Francois Hugues 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. 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. Condition : Top right has original ink number inscription. Central vertical fold as issued. Sizes : 360mm by 535mm (platemark) 460mm by 710mm (sheet)

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