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Title :

The collector's books

Authors :
LISSARRAGUE, François ; REED, Marcia ;
Publication year :
1997
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Sir William Hamilton is notable for the publications that documented his interests in the arts and sciences and the objects in his collections. His first set of vase books, the Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiquities by Pierre François Hughes, known as Baron d'Hancarville, had decorative text engravings designed especially for the publication and 180 colored plates of the vase paintings. By means of references drawn from the prints in earlier publications on art and antiquities, the text engravings present a visual context for the collection and an art historical tradition for the vases. Many plates depict vases from other collections. Selected by d'Hancarville, these place Hamilton's vases in a broader context of eminent 18th c. aristocratic collections. This paper analyses both the sources of the prints and the provenance of the vases, showing how these work not only as ornament and illustration but also to validate d'Hancarville's texts, Hamilton's position as a connoisseur and the historical value of the vases. (Appendices identify the sources of prints in d'Hancarville's books, and lists vases from other collections illustrated in the text). ;
Pagination/Size :
10 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Collection ; Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiquities from the cabine ; Collectionneurs ; Ecrits ; Grande-Bretagne ; Hamilton, William, 1730-1803 ; Hancarville, Pierre François Hugues d', 1719-1805 ; Illustration ; Italie ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Collection ; Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiquities from the cabine ; Collectors ; Great Britain ; Hamilton, William, 1730-1803 ; Hancarville, Pierre François Hugues d', 1719-1805 ; Illustration ; Italy ; Writings ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of the history of collections, 1997, 9, 2
INIST identifier :
24993254 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0954-6650 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;