[An Original Engraving From] SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON'S OUTLINES FROM THE FIGURES AND COMPOSITIONS UPON THE Greek, Roman, AND ETRUSCAN VASES
(London: William Miller, 1804).
A BEAUTIFUL AND IMPRESSIVE PLATE FROM A MASTERPIECE OF CLASSIC ART RENDERINGS AND PUBLICATION. Hamilton served as British envoy to the court of Naples where he began collecting Greek vases and other antiquities immediately upon arriving at his post. In 1766–67 he published a volume of engravings of his collection entitled A Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman antiquities from the cabinet of the Honble. Wm. Hamilton. A further three volumes were produced in 1769–76. Josiah Wedgwood the potter and porcelain maker drew great inspiration from the reproductions presented in Hamilton's volumes.
. Item #29159
A single plate drawn and engraved by Mr. Kirk. The black and white horizontal engraving shows eight dancing figures including both men and women, many of whom are playing a variety of musical instruments The figures on the far right and left carry torches. One winged figure places a garland on the head of a central flute player. The image is bordered in a decorated rectangular frame and is labeled P1.34 Image roughly 5.5 x 3.25 inches, printed on a single sheet measuring 11.5 by 9, now presented in a slate gray mounting board behind clear mylar. A very fine plate in an excellent state of preservation.