A catalogue of that magnificent and truly valuable collection of pictures, the productions of the great artists of the British school, known as the collection of the Shakspeare Gallery, formed under the spirited directions, and with 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, comprise 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, Tresham, Fuseli, Hoppner, Smirke, Stothard, Peters, Rigaud, Westall, Boydell, A. Kauffman : and that admirable set of cabinet pictures, the Seven ages 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 large saloons of the nobility and gentry, or the halls of incorporate bodies, or for exhibition in distant parts of the Kingdom.
- [London] : Mr. Christie, 
London : Printed by J. Smeeton, 148, St. Martin's Lane, Charing Cross : Sold by T. Beckett, 81, Pall Mall,
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- 15,  pages ; 28 cm
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- Getty provenance index databases, sale catalog Br-334
Lugt, F. Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques, 6951
Place of sale: London.
Date of sale: May 17th-18th, 20th, 1805.
BAC: British Art Center copy is not annotated. Number 9 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.
Sale held on the premises of The Shakspeare Gallery.
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- 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)John and Josiah Boydell (Firm)London Institution -- Ownership.Northwick, John Rushout, Baron, 1770-1859 -- Bookplate.Painting, British -- Catalogs.Sculpture, British -- Catalogs.Shakspeare Gallery.Shakspeare Gallery.Upcott, William, 1779-1845 -- Autograph.
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Christie, James, 1773-1831, A catalogue of that magnificent and truly valuable collection of pictures, the productions of the great artists of the British school, known as the collection of the Shakspeare Gallery, formed under the spirited directions, and with unbounded expence, by those distinguished promoters of the fine arts, the Messrs. Boydell's , 
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