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Gavin Hamilton, 1723–1798, British, active in Italy (1744–48 and 1756 on)

The Death of Lucretia

Former Title(s):

The Oath of Brutus

Sacrifice of Iphigenia


1763 to 1767
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 84 x 104 inches (213.4 x 264.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
(story of) Lucretia | armor | Classical | dagger | death | drapery | father | husband | myth | purple | red | religious and mythological subject | suicide | yellow
Associated People:
Lucretia (died ca. BC 508)
On view in the galleries
IIIF Manifest:

Anecdotes of painting in England, <1760-1795> with some account of the principal artists : and incidental notes on other arts , Yale University Press, New Haven London, 1937, p. 95, ND461 W25 1937 (YCBA)

Edgar Peters Bowron, Art in Rome in the eighteenth century, Merrell, London Philadelphia, 2000, p. 381, no. 231, N6920 A7X 2000 OVERSZE (HAAS) Another copy is available in the Lewis Walpole Library

David Carrier, Gavin Hamilton's Oath of Brutus and David's Oath of the Boratii, The Revisionist Interpretation of Neo-Classical Art , The Monist, Vol. 71, No. 2, April 1988, pp. 197- 213, NJ18 D26 A15 O27 1988 (YCBA)

David Carrier, Principles of art history writing, Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, 1991, P. 145, 146, N380 C37 1991 (YCBA)

Brendan Cassidy, The life & letters of Gavin Hamilton (1723-1798), artist & art dealer in eighteenth-century Rome , Harvey Miller Publishers, London, 2011, v.1, pp. 78,81,86-87,88, 93.,155-57168-69, 182,189,193,413-14, Pl. 8, NJ18.H172344 A12 2011 (YCBA)

Christie's sale catalogue : Fine English Portraits and Landscape Paintings : March 22, 1968, Christie's, Friday, March 22, 1968, No. 28, X348 C46 I.1968/3/22 (LSF - MUDD)

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 108-109, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Guillaume Faroult, Antiquity revived, neoclassical art in the eighteenth century , Gallimard, Paris, France, 2011, p. 94, 41, N6848.5 N4 A57 2011 (YCBA)

Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p. 27, ND466 G67 (YCBA)

David Irwin, Gavin Hamilton: Archaeologist, Painter, and Dealer, Art Bulletin, Vol. 44, No. 2, June 1962, p. 96, Available online Available online in JSTOR

Simon Lee, David, Phaidon, London, 1999, p. 82, NJ18 D26 L44 FMK9490 1999 (HAAS)

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Gillian Perry, Femininity and masculinity in eighteenth-century art and culture, Manchester University Press, Manchester New York, 1994, pp. 8-9, 78-98, NX452 F46 1994 YCBA)

Robert Rosenblum, A source for David's "Horatii", Burlington Magazine, Vol. 112, No.806, May 1970, p. 269, N1 B87 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Robert Rosenblum, Gavin Hamilton's Brutus and Its Aftermath, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 103, No.964, January 1961, pp. 8- 16, fig. 22, N1 B87 + (YCBA)

Maria Delores Sanchez-Jauregul, The English prize, the capture of the Westmorland, an episode of the grand tour , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2012, p. 119, N9135 .E54 2012 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

B. C. Skinner, Letters- Hamilton's Oath of Brutus, by B.C. Skinner; Response by Mr. Rosenblum, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 103,no.697, April 1961, p. 146, N1 B87 + (YCBA)

Anthony D. Smith, Chosen peoples, sacred sources of national identity , Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2003, pl. I, BL65 N3 S65 2003 (SML)

Peter A. Tomory, Three Oaths for Gavin Hamilton, Australian Journal of Art, Vol. 1, 1978, pp. 59-64, N1 A88 (HAAS)

William Vaughan, British painting, the Golden Age from Hogarth to Turner , Thames and Hudson, London, 1999, p. 115, ND466 V28 1999 (YCBA)

Helmut von Erffa, The Paintings of Benjamin West, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1986, p. 38, NJ18 W52 A12 +E73 Oversize (YCBA)

Ellis Waterhouse, The British contribution to the neo-classical style in painting., Vol. 1954, London, 1955, pp. 71-72, pl. IX, ND464 W35 (YCBA)

John Woodward, British painting, a picture history , Vista Books, London, 1962, p. 55, ND464 W66 1962 (YCBA)

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 23, N590.2 A82 (YCBA)

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 23, 715 Y18 977b (YCBA)

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