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Creator:
Britton, John, 1771-1857.
Title:
The fine arts of the English school : illustrated by a series of engravings, from paintings, sculpture, and architecture, of eminent English artists : with ample biographical, critical, and descriptive essays, by various authors / edited, and partly written by John Britton, F.S.A.
Published/Created:
[London] : Printed at the Chiswick Press, by C. Whittingham, for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown [etc.], 1812.
Physical Description:
[128] p., [24] leaves of plates : ill. ; 42 cm.
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2012 20 Copy 1
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
Classification:
Books
Notes:
Frontispiece plate shows a "Design for a national institution, appropriated to the fine arts, the sciences and literature of the kingdom" by Joseph Gandy. The National Gallery in London was not opened until 1838 and was then designed by William Wilkins.
Engravings by John Le Keux, William Bond, Antoin Cardon, Edward Scriven, J. Godby, John Pye, Edmund Scott and John Roffe; after Joshua Michael Gandy, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Martin Archer Shee, Anton Raphael Mengs, John Flaxman, Richard Westall, George Romney, Joseph Nollekens, Henry Howard, James Northcote, J.M.W. Turner, Benjamin West, Thomas Banks, Thomas Gainsborough, and James Elmes.
Various pagings.
Includes bibliographical references.
MUDD WF 863: Poor condition.
BAC: British Art Center copy 1 (35 cm) bound in contemporary gilt-tooled red morocco. Gilt edges. Armorial bookplate: James Foster Wadmore. Binder's label: Bound by J. Bohn. No. 31 Frith St. Soho London. Has tipped in before dedication: "Explanation of the border on the cover designed by J.B. Bond, architect; and engraved, in wood, by Branston" ([1] leaf).
BAC: Copy 2 is a large paper copy (43 cm.). Bound in full blue morocco. Gilt tooling on sides and spine. Armorial bookplates: Robert W. Mylne; William John Home Mylne.
BAC: British Art Center copy 3 is John Britton's copy of the work. Large paper copy (43 cm.). Added engraved title page dated 1810. Extra-illustrated with author's and engraver's proofs, drawings and autograph letters concerning alterations to the plates and texts. Author's proofs (3): Titiana, Puck, the changeling etc -- Pope's villa -- Thetis bearing the armour to Achilles. -- Engraver's proofs before lettering, final additions and alterations (9): Frontispiece -- Garrick, between tragedy & comedy -- Titania, Puck etc. -- The Earl of Argyle in prison -- Pope's villa -- The cottage -- Monument to the Earl of Mansfield -- Section of St. Paul's Cathedral -- Perspective of St. Paul's Cathedral. Engraver's proofs before final additions or alterations with some lettering (2): Portrait of Richard Wilson -- The four angels of the Apocalypse. -- Pencil & wash monochrome drawings for the engraver (3): W. Hilton's drawing of Nollekens' "Monument to Mrs. Howard" -- W. Hilton's drawing of Banks' "A falling giant" -- R.W. Satchwell's drawing of Flaxman's 'Monument to William Murray -- The expiation of Orestes: (i) An earlier engraving (before the published one) with Thomas Hope's touches showing the necessary alterations to be made in the revised version -- (ii) A sketch by Thomas Hope (made in the presence of John Britton) showing the faults in the above engraving of the figure of Minerva -- (iii) Thomas Hope's ALS to John Britton concerning the difference in the above plate from Westhall's drawing -- Pope's Villa: (i) Britton's early draft (in his hand) for the description of the painting of Pope's Villa, not printed -- (ii) Britton's note to Turner accompanying the final draft for the description -- (iii) Turner's reply (written below the previous note) suggesting alterations to the text.
BAC: Copy 4 is a large paper copy (43 cm). Bound in blind- and gilt-tooled brown morocco. Armorial bookplates: C.S. Tandy; Rupert Gunnis.
BAC: Copy 5 is bound in half brown morocco with paper covered boards. Bookplate: Rupert Gunnis.
Contents:
A brief biographical memoir of John Dunning, Lord Ashburton / by John Adolphus -- A brief biographical memoir of George Romney / by Thomas Phillips -- A biographical memoir of John, Marquis of Granby / by John Mason Good -- A biographical memoir of Sir Joshua Reynolds / by James Northcote -- Remarks on the picture of Garrick between Tragedy and Comedy painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds / by John Britton -- A brief biographical memoir of Richard Wilson / by John Britton -- A monumental statue: designed and executed in marble by John Flaxman / R.H. -- The Expiation of Orestes painted by Richard Westall for Thomas Hope / J.L.B. -- A monumental alto-relievo designed, and executed in marble, by John Flaxman / R.H. -- Titania, Puck, the Changeling, etc. from Shakespeare's play of A midsummer night's dream, painted by George Romney / W.H.W. -- A monumental group designed, and executed in marble, by Joseph Nollekens / R.H. -- The sixth angel, etc. from Revelations painted by Henry Howard / R.H. -- Remarks on the picture of the Earl of Argyle in prison painted by James Northcote for the Earl Grey / P. Hoare -- Pope's villa, a landscape painted by J.W.M. Turner / by John Britton -- Thetis and Achilles painted by Benjamin West for Thomas Hope / by John Britton -- Remarks on the statue of a falling giant designed, and executed in marble, by Thomas Banks / by John Britton -- The cottage door, a landscape by Thomas Gainsborough / by John Britton -- A monumental group designed, and executed in marble, by John Flaxman, erected to the memory of William, Earl of Mansfield / by John Britton -- An essay towards a history and description of the cathedral church of St. Paul, London : with a concise account of the edifices which have previously occupied the same site / by Edmund Aikin ; illustrated by plates, from drawings by James Elmes.
Subject Terms:
Art -- Great Britain.
Art, Modern -- 18th century.
Artists -- England -- Biography.
Artists, British.
Bohn, J. -- Bookbinder.
Britton, John -- ALS from J.M.W. Turner.
Britton, John -- ALS from John Britton.
Hope, Thomas -- ALS to John Britton.
Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown -- Publisher.
Mylne, Robert W. -- Bookplate.
Mylne, William John Home -- Bookplate.
Tandy, C.S. -- Bookplate.
Tinker, Chauncey Brewster, 1876-1963 -- Bookplate. [BEIN]
Turner, J.M.W. -- ALS to John Britton.
Wadmore, James Foster -- Bookplate.
Whittingham, C. -- Printer.
Form/Genre:
Armorial bookplates (Provenance)
Extra-illustrated copies (Provenance)
Engravings -- 1812.
Steel engravings -- 1812.
Mezzotints -- 1812.
Contributors:
Bond, William, active 1799-1833, engraver.
Cardon, Antoine Alexandre, 1739-1822, engraver.
Godby, J. (James), active 1798-1812, engraver.
Le Keux, John, 1783-1846, engraver.
Pye, John, 1782-1874, engraver.
Scriven, Edward, 1775-1841, engraver.
Scott, Edmund, approximately 1746-1810, engraver.
Roffe, John, 1769-1850, engraver.
Banks, Thomas, 1735-1805, ill.
Elmes, James, 1782-1862, ill.
Flaxman, John, 1755-1826.
Gainsborough, Thomas, 1727-1788, ill.
Gandy, Joseph Michael, 1771-1843, ill.
Howard, Henry, 1769-1847, ill.
Mengs, Anton Raphael, 1728-1779, ill.
Nollekens, Joseph, 1737-1823, ill.
Northcote, James, 1746-1831, ill.
Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792, ill.
Romney, George, 1734-1802, ill.
Shee, Martin Archer, ill.
Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851, ill.
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820, ill.
Westall, Richard, 1765-1836, ill.
Whittingham, Charles, 1767-1840, printer.
Chiswick Press, printer.
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