ARCHAEOPHILORVM. SODALITIO. LONDINENSI. GVGL.HAMILTONVS. BAL. ORD. EQVES. D.D.D.
Engraving. Sheet size: 510 x 380mm (20 x 15").
A scene depicting the excavation of an ancient tomb at Nola, southern Italy. A group of eighteenth-century tourists observe as the sepulcher is pried open, revealing a skeleton and a number of vessels inside. The frontispiece to William Hamilton's 'Collection of engravings from ancient vases mostly of pure Greek workmanship discovered in sepulchres in the kingdom of the Two Sicilies but chiefly in the neighbourhood of Naples during the course of the years 1789 and 1790 now in the possession of Sir Wm. Hamilton', (Naples 1791). Sir William Hamilton (1730-1806) was a prominent collector and enthusiast of the arts and sciences at the height of the Age of Enlightenment. Most of the antiquities he collected came from excavations in Southern Italy and Sicily, and he later sold most of them to the British Museum.
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