A Collection Of Portraits Sketched From The Life Since The Year 1793 By George Dance, Esq. R.A. And Engraved In Imitation Of The Original Drawings By William Daniell, A.R.A. - Vol. I. - (II.)
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Each plate carries the publisher's imprint of William Daniell, and the date of publication.
The printer's name is repeated at the foot of the dedication.
The work is dedicated by George Dance to Sir George Beaumont.
George Dance the elder 1695-1768, the younger 1741-1825: the first exhibition devoted to these two distinguished architects [exhibition catalogue] (1972); D. Stroud, George Dance architect 1741-1825 (1971), esp. p.170-5; W. Roberts, 'Portraits by George Dance', in Notes and queries, 9th ser. IV (1899), p.1-3.
The half-titles read, 'Sketches Drawn From The Life By George Dance, Esq. R.A. And Engraved By William Daniell, A.R.A.'
Between 1793 and 1797 George Dance, a founding member of the Royal Academy, had drawn profiles of some of his fellow Academicians, at the suggestion of Joseph Farington, and these with other portraits formed the basis of the present work, which William Daniell began to engrave and publish in 1808. Besides artists and architects the plates show physicians, actors, politicians, clergy and others: - (in Volume I) H. Walpole, G. Steevens, J. Rennell, Bp. William Dickson, J. Boswell, J. Moore, Ld. Dartmouth, Sir John Anstruther, T. Cavallo, B. Langton, J. Flaxman R.A., Sir William Chambers R.A., Archbp. Charles Agar, Ld. Gardner, Ld. Lucan, Ld. Stowell, Sir Giles Rooke, P. de Paoli, J. Bates, A. Dalrymple, J. Northcote R.A., T. King, W. Shield, J. Barry, J. Haydn, B. West R.A., Sir Robert Smirke A.R.A., J. Bacon R.A., T. Banks R.A., W. Seward, Sir Thomas Picton, G. Sharp, T. Hearne, R. Hole, C. Whitefoord, P. Sandby R.A.; (in Volume II) R. Mylne, J. Hoppner R.A., J.P. Kemble, S. Gilpin R.A., J. Wilton R.A., W.T. Lewis, the Chevalier d'Eon, J. Hoole, W. Hodges R.A., R. Batty, J.P. Salomon, J. Rennie, Sir Joseph Banks, J. Eardley-Wilmot, W. Sharp, P. Russell, R. Cosway, J. Dryander, Bp. Thomas Barnard, J. Latham, J.F. Rigaud R.A., S. Arnold, R. Budd, C. Knyvett, N. Revett, P. Hoare, J. Zoffany R.A., J.S. Munden, C. Armstrong, J. Carr of York, Ld. Charlemont, M. Partington, S. Harrison, R. Bensley, T. Hardwick, T. Girtin. All plates - apart from Vol. I. nos. [17, 18, 24] and Vol. II. nos. [31, 33] - carry not only the date of publication but also the date of the drawing, ranging from 1793 to 1809.
The plates are soft-ground etchings 'In Imitation Of The Original Drawings', and are reverse-images of the drawings.
Each plate is accompanied by a leaf of letter-press text, providing a short biographic note about the person portrayed.
Many of the original drawings are preserved at the Royal Academy, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery and elsewhere.
[2nd copy:] 20th-century half calf, brown cloth-covered boards; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Portraits - Dance', 'Vol. I 1809' and 'R.A.'
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