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William Hamilton of Bangour, 1704 - 1754. Poet

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William Hamilton of Bangour, 1704 - 1754. Poet About 1748


  • Scottish Art
The poet William Hamilton, celebrated for his translation of Homer, is shown in this portrait by his cousin, Gavin Hamilton, as he might appear on a classical coin or medal. Painted in profile and dressed in antique fashion, William is framed within a painted oval, decorated with laurel leaves. He is shown again, as the seated figure in the painting below, designed to resemble a sculpture carved in relief. It illustrates an episode from his poem, 'Contemplation or the Triumph of Love'. The portrait was probably painted in 1748 in France where William, a Jacobite supporter, was in exile.

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A general term for the civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome. Also used as a general term to describe something very old.


A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.


Jacobitism was a movement to restore the descendants of the Stuart King James VII and II to the British throne. The first claimant, Prince James Francis Edward (known as 'the Old Pretender') was exiled first in France, then Italy, from where he planned unsuccessful attempts to claim the throne. His son Prince Charles Edward (known as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' or 'the Young Pretender') famously invaded Britain in 1745, but after some military successes was finally defeated at Culloden in 1746.


A form of sculpture where the image or design projects from a flat surface types of which include, bas-relief or low relief.

Antiquity, Classicism, Jacobite, Relief


  • Acc. No. PG 310
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 91.60 x 71.20 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by W.F. Watson 1886