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William Richard Hamilton (1777 - 1859)

RA Collection: People and Organisations

Diplomat. From 1799 to 1803 he served in Lord Elgin’s embassy to Constantinople, during which period he took custody of the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon marbles. In 1815 he arranged that the second Treaty of Paris provided for the restoration to Italian states of works removed by Napoleon. In 1833 he became a founder of the Royal Geographical Society. From 1838 to 1858 he was a trustee of the British Museum.


Born: 1777

Died: 11 July 1859

Gender: Male

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