Sir William Hamilton and the wreck of the HMS Colossus

Ace Worldwide News Group:

#AceHistoryNews says ” Sir William Hamilton and the Wreck of the HMS Colossus ” #History2Research

Originally posted on British Museum blog:

Red-figured wine bowl (volute-krater), attributed to the Baltimore Painter, Greek, around 325 BCIan Jenkins, curator, British Museum

Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), if remembered at all, is primarily known as the person who shared his second wife Emma with Admiral Lord Nelson in the late eighteenth century. Their ménage a trois was a notorious target for British satirists of the time. It ended with the death of Sir William in 1803, and two years later in 1805 the tragic death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Hamilton is celebrated in the British Museum for his collection of Greek and Roman artefacts, which acquired by the Museum in 1772, changed its course from its origins as a rather old-fashioned cabinet of curiosities to starting it on the way to becoming the great collection of world cultures it is today. The founding collection of Sir Hans Sloane had very few ancient objects of merit, but Sir William’s vision for the Museum would change that…

View original 237 more words

Comments are closed.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 153 other followers

%d bloggers like this: