Etruscan terracotta sarcophagus, £24.00
List of Marbles discovered by Gavin Hamilton in the ruins near Rome since 1769
After AD 1775
Charles Townley records the finds from a remarkable series of excavations
During the eighteenth century, visitors on the
These excavations were often financed by British visitors or by agents acting on their behalf. Gavin Hamilton (1723-98) was one such agent, best known for his excavations in Lazio, Italy. He obtained statues, busts and reliefs for the Museo Clementino in Rome and for several important collections in England. Hamilton was a regular agent for Charles Townley, and provided him with many fine sculptures for his collection. The collection is now on display in The British Museum.
In this list from the Townley Archive at The British Museum, Charles Townley records details of the marble sculptures discovered by Hamilton in the ruins around Rome since 1769. It was sewn into a booklet around 1799.
B.F. Cook, The Townley Marbles (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)
A. Wilton and I. Bignamini (eds.), Grand Tour: the lure of Italy (London, Tate Gallery Publishing, 1996)