Gavin Hamilton

1723 - 1798

Painter. Born in Lanark and educated at the University of Glasgow, Hamilton was perhaps the most internationally successful Scottish artist of the 18th century, but he was never well-known at home. He spent time in Italy during the 1740s. He then spent some years in London as a portrait painter but returned to Rome in 1756 to spend the remainder of his life there. Hamilton's works were large neo-classical subjects, much influenced by his interests in archaeology. He was also an early international art dealer. He died in Rome.

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