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Title:
Catalogue of the scarcest portraits.
Published/Created:
Great Britain, circa 1800.
Physical Description:
1 v. ([241] p.) ; 22 cm.
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7624 .C38 1800
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Classification:
Archives & Manuscripts
Notes:
Manuscript catalog of portrait prints, probably belonging to a British printseller, ca. 1800. The inventory is in three sections, with headings "Portraits anglois, rares" (p. 4-212), "Etrangers en Angleterre, rares" (p. 214-238), and "Portraits étrangers" (p. 239-241), apparently incomplete. Within each section, items are arranged alphabetically by subject. Each item is annotated with varying amounts of notes, recording information such as artist, engraver, engraving technique, and a brief description of the portrait. Many of the items are also annotated with references to published works about portrait prints or references to auctions of prints; references to auctions include prices, in English currency.
Many of the items are coded with the initials S.W.M., followed by a price. These are prints from the collection of Sir William Musgrave, with the prices they fetched at auction, by William Richardson, in 1800. Consult: British portraits. A catalogue of a genuine and extensive collection of English portraits. [London], 1800. The description of entries in the manuscript frequently matches that of this printed work. Items coded "R. fev 1799", with prices, refer to A catalogue of a genuine and valuable collection of English and foreign portraits, india drawings, &c. comprising ... an auction catalog by William Richardson from February, 1799. Other codes refer to important catalogs of prints. The code 'G', with a Roman numeral and Arabic number, refers to volume and page numbers in James Granger's A biographical history of England, from Egbert the Great to the Revolution, first published in 1769. Granger's catalogue was the first important catalogue of English portrait prints and helped to create a fashion for portrait print collecting in England. Similarly, items coded 'B' in the manuscript refer to page numbers in A catalogue of engraved British portraits, from Egbert the Great to the present time, by Henry Bromley (pseudonym of Anthony Wilson), first published in 1793.
Pen and black ink.
Bound in half black cloth with gray boards.
Subject Terms:
Bromley, Henry, b. 1750. Catalogue of engraved British portraits, from Egbert the Great to the present time.
Granger, James, 1723-1776. Biographical history of England, from Egbert the Great to the Revolution.
Musgrave, William, Sir, 1735-1800 -- Art collections -- Catalogs.
Portrait prints -- Great Britain -- Catalogs.
Portrait prints -- Private collections -- Great Britain -- Catalogs.
Portraits -- Great Britain -- Catalogs.
Print dealers -- Great Britain.
Prints -- Collectors and collecting -- Great Britain.
Prints -- Great Britain -- Catalogs.
Richardson, William, fl. 1778-1815. Catalogue of a genuine and extensive collection of English portraits.
Richardson, William, fl. 1778-1815. Catalogue of a genuine and valuable collection of English and foreign portraits, india drawings, &c.
Form/Genre:
Catalogs -- 1800.
Sales catalogs -- 1800.
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