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Noah Heringman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556915.001.0001

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Baron d’Hancarville, Sir William Hamilton, and the Collaborative Production of Antiquities

Baron d’Hancarville, Sir William Hamilton, and the Collaborative Production of Antiquities

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(p.125) 3 Baron d’Hancarville, Sir William Hamilton, and the Collaborative Production of Antiquities
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Sciences of Antiquity
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Noah Heringman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556915.003.0004

This chapter documents the production of the Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Antiquities (1766–1776), famed for its pioneering colour illustrations of Sir William Hamilton’s vase collection. Juxtaposing autobiographical passages in the printed text of this work by its primary author, ‘Baron’ d’Hancarville (Pierre François Hugues), and d’Hancarville’s detailed letters to Hamilton, the chapter argues that the division of labour in this project informed not only the book’s production but also its substantive claims about classical antiquity. D’Hancarville used his connections in Neapolitan publishing and tourism to hire a large team of draftsmen, engravers, and printers, and established a workshop in his own home to produce the book. D’Hancarville used his practical experience and his imaginative understanding of antiquity to persuade Hamilton that the project was financially viable, but failed to establish himself as his patron’s social and intellectual equal.

Keywords:   book production, engraving, Hamilton, Sir William (1730–1803), Hancarville, Baron de (Pierre François Hugues), publishing history, tourism (history of)

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