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Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803), and the First Lady Hamilton (1738–1782), in Their Apartment in Naples
Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803), and the First Lady Hamilton (1738–1782), in Their Apartment in Naples

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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Sir William Hamilton, British Envoy in Naples from 1764, and his wife, Catherine Barlow, are seen here in the room off the terrace in their summer villa in Posillipo, surrounded by many of Sir William’s favourite items: his violin, a classical bust of Zeus and a small scale copy of his favourite painting, 'Corregio’s Venus Disarming Cupid'. The view of Vesuvius is a reference to Sir William’s passion for vulcanology and he frequently accompanied tourists to view the eruptions. He greatly admired Scottish artist Allan, who he met in Naples, describing him as one of the greatest geniuses he ever met.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney


Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803), and the First Lady Hamilton (1738–1782), in Their Apartment in Naples




oil on copper


H 45 x W 57 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0357.B

Acquisition method

purchased, 2006

Work type



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