Proposals for publishing by subscription, in the course of the next spring, in one volume quarto, accompanied with seventeen plates, An Account and explanation of the paintings and other ornaments and decorations, discovered in the month of September last on the walls of the present House of Commons : including also, besides the history of these decorations and the building itself, a variety of original particulars as to the ancient state of the City of Westminster, and the Palace and other buildings there : and the principles and history of painting and Gothic architecture / by John Sidney Hawkins, Esq. F.A.A. ; the plates engraven by Mr. John Thomas Smith, from drawings made by himself on the spot.
- Additional Title(s):
Docket title: Proposals for publishing by subscription an account of the paintings lately discovered in the House of Commons
- London : T. Bensley, printer, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, London, 
- Physical Description:
- 7,  pages ; 27 cm
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsDA687.W6 S63 1800a+ OversizeYale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon CollectionView by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- Copyright Status:
- Copyright Not Evaluated
Because of a misunderstanding the work was never published as such; John Thomas Smith, the engraver, published his side of the work as Antiquities of Westminster, in 1807.
English short title catalogue, T232290
BAC: British Art Center copy with presentation inscription: Townsend Esq. Herald's Court with Mr. Smith's compliments. Tipped in on page : "Mr. Hawkins having been advised to print the pamphlet enclosed herewith, as a justification of his conduct towards Mr. Smith, thinks it necessary to send it round as a present to Mr. S.'s subscribers; and it is hoped that, as they must of course have seen Mr. S.'s advertisement, they will, in justice, take the trouble of reading Mr. H's Vindication also,if, from the want of a proper direction, any subscriber shall not have received his copy of this pamphlet, it will be delivered to him on sending to Mr. H.'s residence, no. 71, Titchfield Street, near Oxford Street; but he is desired to be particular in observing to send to no. 71, as there are other persons of the same name in the street." Printed by S. Gosnell, Printer, Little Queen Street.
- Subject Terms:
- Book industries and trade -- Great Britain.Smith, John Thomas -- Presentation inscription to Townsend.Smith, John Thomas, 1766-1833. Antiquities of Westminster.Westminster Palace (London, England) -- Art collections.
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Hawkins, John Sidney, 1758-1842, Proposals for publishing by subscription, in the course of the next spring, in one volume quarto, accompanied with seventeen plates, An Account and explanation of the paintings and other ornaments and decorations, discovered in the month of September last on the walls of the present House of Commons , 
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