Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jack on His Deathbed...

"Sir William Hamilton, British ambassador to the Court of Naples from 1764 to 1800, had a pet named Jack, an intelligent, mischievous monkey who liked to play tricks on humans. Hamilton was also an avid collector of classical antiquities and an expert on volcanoes who led tourists on expeditions to the rim of Mount Vesuvius. As Ford depicts, Vesuvius was erupting as Jack lay dying."

Wall label text from "Tigers of Wrath" exhibition.

("Jack on His Deathbed" by Walton Ford)

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