Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum: Great Britain Fascicule 20 The British Museum Fascicule 10: Fragments from Sir William Hamiltons second collection of vases recovered from the wreck of HMS Colossus [Hardback]

Valerie Smallwood (Author); Susan Woodford (Author)

ISBN: 9780714122366 | Published by: British Museum Press | Series: Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum | Year of Publication: 2003 | Language: English 224p, H323 x W251 (mm) 8p col section, 88p of b/w pls

Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum


The fragments of Greek painted pottery making up the 115 catalogue entries in this volume come from vases that were once part of Sir William Hamiltons prized second collection. About one third of that collection was lost when the ship transporting it back to England, HMS Colossus, struck a reef and sank off the Isles of Scilly in December 1798. The recovery of what remained of those vases, after almost 200 years on the seabed, took place between 1975 and 1979. The surviving fragments were formally acquired by the British Museum in 1981.

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