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British Collectors of Classical Antiquities

This course is an exploration of British collectors of classical antiquities, their activities and attitudes, and the wider influence of this process up till the present day.

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Link NELSON & LADY HAMILTON'S AFFAIR

This link takes you to an article entitled 'Nelson and Lady Hamilton: A Very Public Affair' on the BBC History website

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Link EMMA & SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON

This link takes you several images of Emma and Sir William Hamilton with a commentary.

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Link EMMA HAMILTON (c.1765-1815): MISTRESS AND MUSE

This link takes you to a series of images of Emma Hamilton, plus a useful commentary.

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Link EMMA HAMILTON IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON

This link takes you to images of works depicting Emma Hamilton in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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Link SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON: CAMPI PHLEGRAEI

This link takes you to useful images and text concerning Sir William Hamilton's Campi Phlegraei.

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Image collection Wedgwood and his Greek influences, AEGR's dedication plate

Baron d'Hancarville's AEGR, published between 1767 and 1776, is rightly acclaimed for containing some of the most beautifil ilustrations...

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Image collection Sir William Hamilton in the guise of a Roman. Jasperware with is gilt wood frame. Wedgwood & Bentley (impressed mark), 1779.

The partnership of Josiah Wedgwood I (1730-95) and Thomas Bentley (1730-80) was heavily influenced by Hamilton's collections of vases, and they...

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Image collection The Portland Vase, The Portland Vase, The Portland Vase, Blue jasperware copy of the Portland Vase. Wedgwood c. 1791., Black jasperware copy of the Portland Vase. Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, c. 1790., Black jasperware copy of the Portland Vase. Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, c. 1790.

The Portland Vase is a cameo glass vessel which was probably made in Rome circa 15 BCE - 25 CE. It is unquestionably one of the finest surviving...

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Link THE PORTLAND VASE, HAMILTON, WEDGWOOD AND THE DARWINS

This link takes you to an article entitled 'The Portland Vase: Sir William Hamilton, Josiah Wedgwood and the Darwins' by Milo Keynes in ...

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Image collection The jasperware vase with applied reliefs (1786), impressed WEDGWOOD, known as the 'Pegasus Vase', takes its name from the winged horse which is depicted on its lid. The main scene was designed by J. Flaxman junior, and shows the 'Apotheosis of Homer', copied from a Greek vase bought by the British Museum in 1763 from the Hamilton collection (GR 1772.3-20.26 (Vase E 460))., The jasperware vase with applied reliefs (1786), impressed WEDGWOOD, known as the 'Pegasus Vase', takes its name from the winged horse which is depicted on its lid. The main scene was designed by J. Flaxman junior, and shows the 'Apotheosis of Homer', copied from a Greek vase bought by the British Museum in 1763 from the Hamilton collection (GR 1772.3-20.26 (Vase E 460))., The Apotheosis of Homer scene, as depicted on a jasperware plaque (1786) in the British Museum. Marks: WEDGWOOD impressed twice.

The jasperware vase with applied reliefs (1786), impressed WEDGWOOD, known as the 'Pegasus Vase', takes its name from the winged horse which is...

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Link APOTHEOSIS OF HOMER CALYX KRATER. GR 1772.3-20.26 (Vase E 460)

This link takes you to an image, plus further information and links, of the Greek Calyx-krater (wine bowl), circa 440...

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Link OBSERVATIONS ON MOUNT VESUVIUS, MOUNT ETNA, AND OTHER VOLCANOS

This link takes you a website where you can access OBSERVATIONS ON MOUNT VESUVIUS, MOUNT ETNA, AND OTHER VOLCANOS: IN A SERIES OF LETTERS,...

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Link FROM GRAVE GOODS TO DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIP, AN ENGRAVING OF THE TREBBIA TOMB AND THE HAMILTON VASE

This link takes you to a paper entitled 'From Grave Goods to Democratic Ownership, an Engraving of the Trebbia Tomb and the Hamilton Vase', by...

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Link THE‘MEIDIAS’ HYDRIA: A VISUAL AND TEXTUAL JOURNEY OF A GREEK VASE

This link takes you to a site that gives you access to an article entitled, 'The‘Meidias’ hydria: a visual and textual journey of a Greek vase in...

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Link ANTIQUITÉS ÉTRUSQUES, GRECQUES ET ROMAINES (AEGR)

This link takes you to a digitised version of Antiquités étrusques, grecques et romaines, ou les beaux vases étrusques, grecs et romains, et...

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Link SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON: COLLECTION OF ENGRAVINGS FROM ANCIENT VASES MOSTLY OF PURE GREEK WORKMANSHIP (CEGV)

This link takes you to a digitised version of Hamilton, William. Sir, 1730-1803: Collection of engravings from ancient vases mostly of pure...

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Link HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY OF DILETTANTI (1898)

This link takes you to a copy of Cust, L. and Colvin, S., History of the Society of Dilettanti.

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Link GRECIAN TASTE AND ROMAN SPIRIT: THE SOCIETY OF DILETTANTI

This link takes you to information about an exhibition entitled 'Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit: The Society of Dilettanti' at the J. Paul Getty...

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Link THE SOCIETY OF DILETTANTI - HISTORY

This link takes you to a brief history of the Society of Dilettanti by Jason M. Kelly.

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Link THE SOCIETY OF DILETTANTI AND THE PLANNING OF A MUSEUM

This link takes you to an article entitled “The Society of Dilettanti and the Planning of a Museum” by Dr. Jason M. Kelly.

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Link A VISUAL GLOSSARY OF GREEK VASES

This link takes you to a visual glossary of Greek vases - shapes, descriptions and images.

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Link THE MARLBOROUGH GEMS

THis link takes you to the text of a lecture (with illusatrations) delivered by John Boardman in April 2008 at the Ioannou School for Classical...

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Link GEORGE KNAPTON - PORTRAITS OF THE DILETTANTI

The art world in Britain 1660 to 1735 publishes primary sources and research tools for the study of the arts in late 17th and early 18th...

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Link STUART & REVETT: THE ANTIQUITIES OF ATHENS

The English architects James Stuart and Nicholas Revett visited Athens from 1751 to 1753 and, nine years later, published the first volume of ...

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Link STUART & REVETT: THE ANTIQUITIES OF ATHENS

James Stuart and Nicholas Revett were British architects who traveled in Greece from 1751 to 1754 to record and measure the ancient ruins,...

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Link JAMES STUART SKETCHING THE ERECHTHEUM

This link takes you to al illustration of James Stuart sketching the Erechtheum, from The Antiquities of Athens, vol. 2 (1787).

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Link NICHOLAS REVETT: THE GREEK DORIC ORDER

This link takes you to an image of a print which was published by the Society of Dilettanti in Volume 1 of Ionian Antiquities, in 1769....

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Link CHANDLER, REVETT & PARS: IONIAN ANTIQUITIES

This link takes you to a website where you can browse Ionian Antiquities, published with permission of the Society of Dilettanti, by R....

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Link THE SECRET HISTORY OF BRITISH ART COLLECTIONS

This link allows you to view 'Bought with Love: The Secret History Of British Art Collections', a BBC series of programmes about art collectors,...

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Link IONIAN ANTIQUITIES (CHANDLER, REVETT & PARS)

This link allows you to explore 'Ionian antiqvities' by Chandler, Richard, 1738-1810; Revett, Nicholas, 1720-1804; Pars, William, 1742-1782;...

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Link STUART & REVETT: THE GREEK DORIC ORDER

THis link takes you to an image of an engraving: Thomas Miller after Nicholas Revett. Greek Doric Order from Volume I of Ionian Antiquities,...

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Link CUNNYSEURS

This link takes you to an image and further information about Thomas Rowlandson's satirical print 'Cunnyseurs'.

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Link THE SOCIETY OF DILETTANTI AND THE PLANNING OF A MUSEUM

This link takes you to a piece entitled 'The Society of Dilettanti and the Planning of a Museum' by Jason Kelly.

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Link THE PARTHENON SHOT BY SHOT

This link takes you to a website, The Parthenon, that uses a variety of recently developed computer graphics techniques to visualize elements of...

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Link ACROPOLIS RESTORATION SERVICE (YSMA)

This link gives you video excerpts from the dismantlement and transportation of metopes from the Parthenon to the Acropolis Museum. The Acropolis...

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Link JAMES 'ATHENIAN' STUART (1713 - 1788)

This link takes you to some information about James 'Athenian' Stuart (1713–1788), from the Victoria and Albert Museum's website

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Link FRANCIS VERNON: PARTHENON

Many of the Royal Society’s early Fellows were travellers and diplomats who encouraged the international exchange of information. Francis Vernon,...

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Link THE PARTHENON MARBLES

Through this link you can read about the history of the Parthenon Marbles as well as the points of view of the Greek government, the British...

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Link THE BRITISH COMMITTEE FOR THE REUNIFICATION OF THE PARTHENON MARBLES

This link takes you too website of The British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles - a group of British people who having...

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Link ELGINISM

Elginism (ĕl’gĭnĭz’əm) n. 1801. [f. the name of Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin (1766-1841); see —ISM. Cf. Fr. elginisme & Sp. elginismo.]: An...

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