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A Biographical And Critical Dictionary Of Painters And Engravers, From The Revival Of The Art Under Cimabue, And The Alleged Discovery Of Engraving By Finiguerra, To The Present Time: With The Ciphers, Monograms, And Marks, Used By Each Engraver: By Michael Bryan. A New Edition, Revised, Enlarged, And Continued To The Present Time, Comprising Above One Thousand Additional Memoirs, And Large Accessions To The Lists Of Pictures And Engravings, Also New Plates Of Ciphers And Monograms, By George Stanley.

Michael Bryan

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Bryan's Dictionary Of Painters And Engravers. Enlarged By George Stanley.


London:: H.G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden., MDCCCLXV.

Physical Description

[2], xxvi, 937, [1] p., frontis. (port.), 9 pl.; 254 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Preface - Introduction - A Brief Explanation Of Some Of The Terms Used In The Art - Authorities Which Have Been Consulted For This Work - [Text]; [colophon] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait is captioned, 'Michael Bryan' and is signed as 'Engraved by W. Haines, from a Miniature by Alexr. Pope.'

The numbered plates are unsigned.

The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'John Childs And Son, Printers.'

Summary Note

The half-title reads, 'Bryan's Dictionary Of Painters And Engravers. Enlarged By George Stanley.'

Bryan began his biographical dictionary after retiring from business as an art dealer. The work was first published in parts from 1813. It remained a standard reference work, undergoing several revisions, throughout the nineteenth century.

The plates show engravers' monograms.

Immediate source of Acquisition

Purchased in , 1867. [See 'Librarian's Report', RA Annual Report for 1867, p. 26.]

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Bryan's Dictionary Of Painters And Engravers'.


Artists - Painters - Engravers - Europe - History
Biographies - Biography - Dictionaries - Biographical disctionaries - Art history - Reference books - Great Britain - 19th century


William Haines, engraver
Alexander Pope, source artist
George Stanley, editor
Henry George Bohn, publisher