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"Detail from the Portland Vase" (details from "The Portland Vase ") (see related A), c. 15 BC - 25 AD Dioscourides British Museum, London, England

Comments continued from those in the main page. This vase was formerly known as the "Barberini vase". It was purchased in 1778 or so by Sir William Hamilton, British Ambassador in Naples. In turn, Hamilton sold it to the widow of the 2nd Duke of Portland in 1784 and in 1810, after being broken by a drunk "noble-man", the vase was deposited in the British Museum. In 1929 - 1932 descendants retrieved the vase to be sold and failed to find buyers. In 1945, William Mulcachy, a student from Trinity Colledge, shattered the vase and was only fined 5 pounds for his crime (presumably another "noble-man" in the making). 
The second spouse of Sir Hamilton was Lady Emma. She was intensely exposed to classic antiquities which inspired her to imitate postures similar to those on the vase. Eventually, Lady Hamilton developed live performances during which she imitated classic "attitudes". These performances added to her world-wide fame and her audiences incleded distinguished intellectuals and artists of that time. Even Joseph Hayden (1732-1809) and Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) composed and wrote about her. Later many considered that Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) dancing replicated much of the Lady Hamilton's "Attitudes" described and illustrated by numerous publications. (comments continue in other related images)