The ancient world. Plates from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William. Hamilton His Britannic Majesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples. – Naples.” Commissioned by Hamilton with text by Pierre Francois Hughes, baron d’Hancarville. Printed in Naples. Not sure who did the artwork. Probably Prince Hoare who is mentioned in connection with them by the Royal Academy but he is not on the title page.

“Vulcan presents arms to Thetis.” 1766-1767. British. Plate from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William Hamilton His Britannick Maiesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples.” Archival ID#17/4746. Etching with hand coloring. Commissioned by Hamilton with text written by Pierre-François Hugues, baron d’Hancarville. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/vulcan-presents-arms-to-thetis
“Bearded Dionysus, seated, and Pan, taken from an attic lekythos.” 1766-1767. British. Plate from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William Hamilton His Britannick Maiesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples.” Archival ID#052044. Etching with hand coloring. Commissioned by Hamilton with text written by Pierre-François Hugues, baron d’Hancarville. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/O52044 Credit line: (c) (c) Royal Academy of Arts /
“The Meidias Hydria: The rape of the daughter of Leucippus by the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, attic hydria.” 1766-1767. British. Plate from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William Hamilton His Britannick Maiesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples.” Archival ID#052046. Etching with hand coloring. Commissioned by Hamilton with text written by Pierre-François Hugues, baron d’Hancarville. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/the-meidias-hydria-the-rape-of-the-daughter-of-leucippus-by-the-dioscuri
“Woman’s head with cap, from a Campanian hydria.” 1766-1767. British. Plate from “Collection Of Etruscan, Greek, And Roman Antiquities From The Cabinet Of The Honorable William Hamilton His Britannick Maiesty’s Envoy Extraordinary At The Court Of Naples.” Archival ID#052042. Etching with hand coloring. Commissioned by Hamilton with text written by Pierre-François Hugues, baron d’Hancarville. Collections of the Royal Academy, London. © Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer: Prudence Cuming Associates. Artwork itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/work-of-art/colour-plate-of-womans-head-with-cap-from-a-campanian-hydria

Sir William Hamilton was the British ambassador to the court in Naples and collected vases which he thought were Etruscan but turned out to be Greek. At the time there was great interest in antiquity and many experts or sort of experts like the man who Hamilton got to write the text. Not like now with PhD programs and other credentials. Several volumes, dedicated to King George III. These are all in the collections of the Royal Academy in London.

A selection from an album that contains drawings and counterproofs of Etruscan vases, jugs and amphorae. Graphite, red chalk and pen and ink with various watermarks and created by an associate of the artist Sir William Hamilton (1703-1803). Currently up for bid at Christies from whose website these are taken. Auctioned off by Christies in 1809.

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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911

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Etruscan ceramic with decorations. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/old-master-british-drawings-watercolours/associate-sir-william-hamilton-henley-on-thames-1730-1803-london-50/91911