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Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton as the three muses

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 GBP

Property from the Hamilton Palace Collection, former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and Brandon

Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton as the three muses

Portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton as the three muses

Estimate:

400,000

to
- 600,000 GBP

Property from the Hamilton Palace Collection, former seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and Brandon

Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Dublin 1739 – 1808

Portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton as the three muses


oil on canvas

36.5 x 45 cm.; 14 ¼ x 17 ¾ in.

Painted for the sitter’s husband, Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803), Palazzo Sessa, Naples;

Almost certainly in the collection of William Beckford (1760–1844), Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower, Bath, and thence by descent to his daughter, Susan, who married Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton (1767–1852);

Thence by descent at Hamilton Palace and Lennoxlove House, Scotland.

C. Knight, 'La quiadreria di Sir William Hamilton a Palazzo Sessa', in Napoli Nobilissima, vol. XXIV, 1985, p. 52;

I. Jenkins and K. Sloan, Vases & Volcanoes. Sir William Hamilton and his Collection, exh. cat., London 1996, pp. 262–63, no. 162, reproduced in colour;

A. Crookshank & The Knight of Glin, Ireland’s Painters 1660–1940, New Haven and London 2002, pp. 106–07, reproduced in colour, fig. 139;

A. Hodge et al., Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740–1808). A life in pictures, exh. cat., Dublin 2008, pp. 74–75, reproduced in colour and on the front cover (detail).

Bregenz, Angelica Kauffman und sein Zeitgenossen, 1968, no. 281 (as Kauffman);

London, British Museum, Vases & Volcanoes. Sir William Hamilton and his Collection, 1996, no. 162;

Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, Hugh Douglas Hamilton. A life in pictures, 22 November 2008 – 15 February 2009, no. 35.