British diplomat to Naples, between 1764 and 1800, Hamilton was also a distinguished antiquary. His collection of Greek and Etruscan vases was bought for the British Museum. In addition, Hamilton was fascinated by the study of volcanoes and made twenty-two ascents of Vesuvius. However, he is also remembered today for being the husband of Emma, mistress of Nelson. Hamilton holds the first volume of a lavishly illustrated series by D'Hancarville that celebrates his achievements as a collector. It is open at a plate that bears a Greek dedication to him. Some of his antiquities that he gave to the British Museum are shown beside him.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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