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Hamilton, Carl W.

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role Collector Dealer/Gallery
dates 1886–1967
city New York
other citiesHollisday, PA; New Haven, CT; Hollidaysburg, PA; Andover, MA; New Haven, CT; Philippines; Great Neck, Long Island, NY;
gender M
historical notes Hamilton was an industrialist (Philippine Refining Corp.) and collector of Renaissance art. Hamilton’s art set an auction record in 1929 when he sold to Duveen a small Piero Della Francesca oil painting of the crucifixion at auction for $375,000.

Hamilton’s collection included work by Piero della Francesca, Fra Filippo Lippi, Fra Angelico, Giovanni Bellini, Benvenuto di Giovanni, Francesco Botticini (Francesco di Giovanni), Domenico Veneziano, Sandro Botticelli, Puccio di Simone and Allegretto Nuzi, Titian, dei Conti, Francia, Perugino, Melzi, Desiderio and Mantegna.

The Hamilton home in Great Neck, New York housed Renaissance paintings, sculptures, tapestries and bric-a-brac. When his collection outgrew his Great Neck home he moved to a 14-room apartment on Park Avenue, Manhattan. Never married, Hamilton had one adopted son, John Gordon Hamilton of Oxford, North Carolina.

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