William Hamilton's Greek Vases

Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) was ambassador of Great Britain to the Kingdom of Naples, just at a time when the city of Naples experienced its "Golden Age". He was fascinated with excavations found in abundance in Herculaneum and Pompei and in formerly Greek-occupied southern Italy. He soon started collecting objects of all kinds from the ancient past, most of all Greek vases. He bought an important collection of Greek vases (the Porcinari collection) which he had drawn and engraved before he sold them to the British Museum in London. Between 1791 and 1795 four volumes of the "Vases", drawn and engraved by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (1751-1829), were published under the name of "Sir William Hamilton's collection of engravings from antique vases".

The here offered copper etchings in their attractive silver lined terracotta and black appearance stem from this publication:

All images have individual sizes given below. They were printed on very strong paper. Slight differences in general toning of marginal paper and minor creasing in margins. Some edges show wear. Minor spotting on white backgrounds. The width of margins is variable.

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Image with border: 28.2 x 28.2 cm ( 11.1 x 11.1 ")

$ 580.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4080


Image with border: 26.2 x 35 cm ( 10.3 x 13.7 ")
Left margin has been reinforced.

$ 620.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4077


Image size: 22.5 x 31.2 cm ( 8.8 x 12.2 ")

$ 680.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON238790


22.5 x 29 cm ( 8.8 x 11.4 ")

$ 580.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4066


Image size with border: 36 x 36 cm ( 14.1 x 14.1 ")

Signs of age and use in margins.

$ 720.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON238791


No title. Bacchantal entourage with Dionysos holding a torch riding through the night on his donkey followed by a grown and a juvenile Satyrs and servants carrying wine jugs and a torch.

Hand-colored, terra cotta and black, copper etching.

Published i: "Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities From the Cabinet of the Honourable William Hamilton" (1730-1803)

Author: Francois Hugues d'Hancarville (1719-1805)

Printer: Francois Morel. Napoli, Naples, Neapel 1766/67

A stunning collection!!!

Print has added margins upon which is mounted the surrounding Greek meander bordure.

36,5 x 58,8 cm (ca. 14.4 x 23.1")

$ 1800.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON4090


Image with border: 32.5 x 56.5 cm ( 12.7 x 22.2 ")

$ 720.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON4089


Image with border: 33 x 44 cm (12.9 x 17.3 "
Upper and right margins are narrow, uneven and with a few spots.

$ 820.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON239000 SOLD


Image with border: 23.5 x 32 cm ( 9.2 x 12.5 ")

$ 480.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON4087


Image with border: 29.5 x 41 cm ( 11.6 x 16.1")

$ 520.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON4084


Image with border: 26.5 x 34.5 cm ( 10.4 x 13.5 ")
Left margin is narrow.

$580.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4079


Image with border: 29 x 36.5 cm ( 11.4 x 14.3 ")

Side margins are narrow.

$450.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4093


Image with border:30.5 x 27 cm ( 12 x 10.6 )

$580.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4079


Image with border: 31 x 43 cm ( 12.2 x 16.9 ")
Side margins are narrow..

$580.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4079


Image with border: 26.5 x 42.5 cm ( 10.4 x 16.7 ")

$ 750.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4081


Image with border: 25.2 x 32 cm ( 9.9 x 12.5 ")

$ 580.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4082


 

15.4 x 23.8 cm ( 6.1 x 9.4")

$ 450.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4016

These two figures, well composed and full of spririt, represent a faun and a Bacchante dancing. It is to be remarked that although many of the subjects on these vases are evidently historical, most of them have at the same time some remblem, or depiction, relating to Bacchus.


 

18.5 x 26.7 cm (7.3 x 10.5")

$ 550.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4054

This plate represents two young men contending at the discus, one has already thrown his discus, and is going to scrape himself with a strigille. His opponent is about to throw his discus. The person crowned is one of those judges or moderators who made sure the games were according to the rules and that the winners received prizes according to their merits. Their mark of distinction was a tree branch like the one seen on this plate.


Image with border: 27.3 x 43.7 cm ( 10.7 x 17.2 ")

$ 520.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON4083


Image with border: 24 x 32 cm ( 9.4 x 12.5 ")

$ 520.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON4086


13.2 x 19.4 cm ( 5.3 x 7.6 ")

$ 550.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4047

A woman dressing to go to the theater or to assist at some religious festival. It is known that crowns were worn on both those occasions. It is not related where this vase was found.


22.5 x 23 cm ( 8.8 x 9 ")

$780.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON4074


20.2 x 29.2 cm ( 7.9 x 11.4 ")

$ 650.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON4072


14.2 x 20.7 cm ( 5.6 x 8.1 ")

$ 420.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4073


12.4 x 16.8 cm ( 4.8 x 6.6 ")

$ 420.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4071


17.8 x 17.6 cm ( 7 x 6.9 ")

$ 520.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4070


21.5 x 23.2 cm ( 8 x 9.1 ")

$ 750.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4064


Image with border: 20.5 x 41 cm ( 8 x 16.1")
White backing margins are somewhat narrow on the sides.

$ 520.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4085


Large image: 23.2 x 22.2 cm ( 9.1 x 8.7 ")

$ 680.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4062


17 x 32.8 cm ( 6.6 x 12.9 ")

$ 750.00

Order Nr.HAMILTON4061


15 x 30.5 cm ( 5.9 x 12 ")

$ 720.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4069


Image with border: 25.2 x 25.2 cm ( 9.9 x 9.9 ")

$ 620.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4076


No title. On the right Olympic winner, garlanded with a crown of olive twigs and holding a branch of an olive tree, while he listens to a Satyr playing the flute and a servant lights the nightly classical scene with a torch.

Handcolored terra cotta and black copper etching. Classical bordure mounted.

Published i: "Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities From the Cabinet of the Honourable William Hamilton" (1730-1803)

Author: Francois Hugues d'Hancarville (1719-1805)

Printer: Francois Morel. Napoli, Naples, Neapel 1766/67

Very good condition.Left margin has been widened

Image: 27 x 33 cm (ca. 10.6 x 13")

$ 780.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON4078


7.5 x 21 cm ( 3 x 8.3 ")

$ 400.00

Order Nr.HAMILTON4010


22.8 x 23.6 cm ( 9 x 9.25 ")

$ 750.00

Order Nr. HAMILTON 4060

This plate represents the Pyrrick dance which was danced by young men in armour. Some historians think that Pyrrick was the son of Achilles and inventor of this dance. In this drawing the dance is combined with acrobatics and particularly of the sort that Homer describes in the Iliad and Odyssee. It was possibly performed as a prelude to a play although the column in the background could indicate a theatrial representation. The woman acrobat holds a simpulum (small dish used for sacrifice) with the toes of her right foot and is trying to take some wine out of the large vase and pour it into the smaller one which she holds with her left foot. The woman in the upper left is coaching her. In the lower part is a Pyrrick dance.

The margins of this page are spotty and dirty.


 

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