A catalogue of that magnificent and truly valuable collection of pictures, the production of the great artists of the British School, known as the collection of the Shakspeare Gallery : formed under the spirited directions, and with the unbounded expence, by those distinguished promoters of the fine arts, the Messrs. Boydell's : these justly-admired pictures, in which the poetry of our Great Bard has furnished occasion for a proud display of national talent, comprises many of the happiest efforts of such deceased artists as the immortal Sir Joshua Reynolds, Wright of Derby, Hodges, Romney, Hamilton, Wheatley, Kirk, Ramberg, and others, the rarity as well as the excellence of whose works, must insure them a distinguished place in the collection of the connoisseur : among the spirited performances of living genius, are the King Lear, by Mr. West : and various by Barry, Northcote, Opie, Tesham, Fuseli, Hoppner, Smirke, Stothard, Peters, Rigaud, Westall, Boydell, A. Kauffman : and that admirable set of cabinet pictures by Mr. Smirke : basso relievos, by the Hon. Mrs. Damer : and the Grand Alto Relievo, the Apotheosis of Shakspeare, by the late Thomas Banks, Esq. R.A. : many of the above pictures are of the cabinet size, and the remainder will be found worthy objects for the late saloons of the nobility and Gentry, or the Halls of Incorporate Bodies, or for Exhibitions in distant parts of the kingdom : the whole will be sold by auction, by Mr. Christie, on the premises, on Friday, May 17, 1805, and two following days, (Sunday excepted), at twelve o'clock, by order of the proprietor, without reserve.
- [London] : Mr. Christie, 
London : J. Smeeton, Printer, 148, St. Martin's Lane,
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- 12 pages ; 26 cm
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsN8640 .N6+ v. 4 no.8 OversizeYale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon CollectionAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- Sale held on the premises of The Shakspeare Gallery.
Getty provenance index databases, sale catalog Br-334
Lugt, F. Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques, 6951
Date of sale: May 17th-May 18th, 1805.
Place of sale: London.
BAC: British Art Center copy is not annotated. Number 8 of 38 auction catalogs bound together. The volume bound in contemporary half calf; with the armorial bookplate of Baron Northwick; signed in manuscript: William Upcott, London Institution, 1823.
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- Antiquities -- Catalogs.Art -- Private collections -- Great Britain -- Catalogs.Art auctions -- England -- London -- Catalogs.Boydell, John, 1720-1804 -- Art collections -- Catalogs.Boydell, Josiah, 1752-1817 -- Art collections -- Catalogs.John and Josiah Boydell (Firm)London Institution -- Ownership.Northwick, John Rushout, Baron, 1770-1859 -- Bookplate.Painting, British -- Catalogs.Shakspeare Gallery.Upcott, William, 1779-1845 -- Autograph.
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