Hugues d’Hancarville, Pierre-François
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French antiquarian, art historian and adventurer across Europe. Born Nancy 1719, died Padua 1805. From 1765, entrusted with the publication of the vase collection of William Hamilton.

Biography and career

Born Pierre-François Hugues, the son of a textile merchant, H. d’ H. called himself the Baron d’Hancarville from the 1750s. He led a spectacular life, first embarking on a military career in Germany, in the course of which he became a captain at the court o…

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Bentz, Martin, “Hugues d’Hancarville, Pierre-François”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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