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Hamilton Palace

Hamilton Palace

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.12

Item number: 8

Length: 13.1

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

“Hamilton Palace is one of the most magnificent private residences, and assuredly the finest specimen of classic architecture in the United Kingdom. The principal front, which has a northern aspect, is 264 feet in length, and 60 feet in height. The elevation of this front exhibits, supported on a rustic basement, an exceedingly fine example of the Corinthian order, copied from the remains of the Temple of Jupiter at Rome, one of the most enriched and correct of the ancient specimens of that order which the rude hand of time has left us to admire and imitate.


The interior equipments of Hamilton Palace are not less tasteful or magnificent than its exterior, and are a fair counterpart of the gorgeous pile in which they are contained. The collection of paintings, now greatly on the increase, has long been considered the best in Scotland...The carbine with which Bothwellhaugh shot the Regent Murray, is also in the Palace; so is the ring given by Queen Mary to Lord John Hamilton. There is also an original picture of the battle of Bothwell Bridge. The Mausoleum, a structure of the most superb description, resembles in general design the Mauseoleum of the Emperor Hadrian at Rome (now the Castello di St. Angelo).”

Descriptive letterpress, from 'Photographs of the Clyde'

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