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Purchased in Naples in 1829 for his Grecian library at Mere Hall, Cheshire by Peter Langford-Brooke (d. 1840), these pictures formed part of a collection of thirty 'paintings of vases at studio', which were noted as costing £76 (Mere Hall, Christie's house sale catalogue, 23 May 1994, p. 131). Their Grecian scenes are taken from ancient vases in the collection formed at Naples by Sir William Hamilton (d. 1802) and illustrated in Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein's Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon. W. Hamilton, his Britannic Majesty's Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Court of Naples, 1767 (vol. II, pl. 45 and vol. I, pl. 52). In the late 18th century such 'paintings' had been seen by the court architect Charles Heathcote Tatham (d. 1842), who wrote from Rome in 1796 about the invention by Tischbein (d. 1829), the Director of the Royal Academy of Paintings at Naples, of manufacturing prints and borders in the Etruscan style copied from Sir William Hamilton's vases and adapted to small rooms and cabinets.