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A Collection Of Historical Prints, Engraved From Pictures Of The Most Celebrated Painters, Of The Roman, Florentine, Lombard, Venetian, And Other Schools: With Descriptive Remarks On The Same; By Sir Robert Strange; Member of the Royal Academy of Painting at Paris; of the Academies of Rome, Florence, and Bologna; and Professor of the Royal Academy at Parma.

Sir Robert Strange

RA Collection: Book

Record number




[London:: , 1792 or later.]

Physical Description

19, [1] p., [50] pl. (incl. frontis. port.); 680 mm.

General Note

The fifty plates do not carry numbers; but are assigned numbers I-L in the 'Remarks On The Plates'.


[Frontis. (= pl.1), t.p., dedic.] - Introduction - Remarks On The Pictures From Which The Following Engravings Are Taken - [Plates 2-50].

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed with the name of the source artist, and as engraved, or drawn and engraved, or etched and engraved, by Robert Strange.

The work is dedicated by Robert Strange to the King.


ESTC, N52559
J. Dennistoun, Memoirs of Sir Robert Strange (2 v., 1855).

Summary Note

No publication-date is carried by the title page; but Dennistoun states that it was advertised immediately after Sir Robert's death in 1792, and had been planned by him before that. Several plates carry dates - of 1753, 1755, 1759, 1765, 1767, 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1773, 1774, 1777, 1778, 1780, 1781, 1787. (some of these carry both a date of engraving and an earlier date of etching.)

Plate [1] (frontispiece) is a portrait of the author by J.B. Greuze. Plates [2-50] show paintings by Wouvermans [pl. 2], Vanloo [3], Guido [4-7, 10, 18, 21, 22, 25, 32, 39, 46], Carlo Maratt [8, 9], Andrea Sacchi [11], Pietro Da Cortona [12, 13], Vandyke [14, 29, 43, 44, 49], Salvator Rosa [15, 36], Dominichino [16], Nicolas Poussin [17], Raphael [19, 20, 31, 47], Guercino [23, 24, 33, 37], Titian [26-28, 38], Correggio [30, 42], Parmigiano [34], Schidoni [35, 41], West [45], Carlo Dolci [48], Murillo [50]. As a specialist in 'Historical Prints' Strange has included few portraits. Those which he has included are of four paintings by Van Dyke of King Charles I and his family (pl. 14, 29, 43, 44), and Benjamin West's painting of the 'Apotheosis of the royal children' (of King George III), the print for which Strange was knighted in 1787. Most of his chosen paintings show Christian subjects or subjects from Greek mythology or Greek and Roman history.

Copy Note

Some smaller plates are remounted to match the size of the other sheets (pl. 2-4, 6-9, 34, 40, 42); while the largest plates (pl. 37, 38, 43-46) have been conserved separately (PC 1/6).

Binding Note

19th-century half red morocco, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Works Of Sir Robert Strange', 'R.A.' and 'London 1750-90'.

Name as Subject


Christian art and symbolism
Mythology, Greek
Celebrities - Heroes - Greece - Rome - History
Paintings - Italy - History
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Guido Reni, source artist
Anthony Van Dyck, source artist
George III King of Great Britain, dedicatee
Sir Robert Strange, draughtsman, engraver