William Hamilton - Greek Mythology 1801-1808 (4)

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Sir William Hamilton [1730-1806] was a collector and enthusiast of the arts and sciences at the height of the Age of Enlightenment in Naples. Born to an aristocratic Scottish family, he assembled one of the world's finest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. He was the British Envoy to the two Sicily’s from 1764-1800.  Most of the antiquities he collected came from excavations in Southern Italy and Sicily.  In 1766, he watched the excavation of the Trebbia Tomb, and decided to produce accurate drawings of the vases found in that archeological dig.


Hamilton hired Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein to engrave the Greek Porcinari collection Hamilton had amassed. Tischbein was a talented German painter, engraver, and theorist.  Each plate features a beautiful scene, predominantly derived from Greek mythology, which features horses, chariots, nudes, pottery, soldiers, royalty, and mythical animals




Collection of Engravings of Antique Vases



Plate No.:



Greek Mythology

Print method:

Engraving on Chain-linked, water-marked paper with professional coloring


Overall Excellent

Size of Print:

Paper size 495 x 370 mm. Print size 180 x 255 mm. Approximately (Paper size 19 ¼ x 14 ½ Print size 7 x 10 1/8 inches)


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