James Byres (Biographical details)

James Byres (dealer/auction house; architect; British; Male; 1733 - 1817)

Also known as

Byres, James


Scottish architect and art dealer in Rome. Byres bought the Portland Vase from the Baberini family. He had moulds taken from it, from which Tassie took sixty plaster copies. Byres then sold the vase to Sir William Hamilton c.1783, who in turn sold it to the Duchess of Portland.