A Collection Of Prints Illustrative Of English Scenery, From The Drawings And Sketches Of Thos. Gainsborough, R.A. In The Various Collections Of The Right Honourable Baroness Lucas; Viscount Palmerston; George Hibbert, Esq.; Dr. Monro, And Several Other Gentlemen. -

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London:: Engraved By W.F. Wells And J. Laporte; And Published By H.R. Young, 56, Paternoster-Row. -, 1819.

Physical Description

[4] p., [59] pl.; 411 mm.

General Note

The copy at Cambridge is catalogued as having 62 leaves of plates.


[T.p., dedic.] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed as drawn by T. Gainsborough and engraved by W.F. Wells or J. Laporte. Seven carry the inscription, 'Publish'd as the Act directs'.

The work is dedicated by W.F. Wells and J. Laporte to George Hibbert.


D. Brenneman, 'Thomas Gainsborough and the picturesque sketch', in Word and image, 13:4 (1997), p.392-404; Gainsborough drawings, ed. J. Hayes and L. Stainton [exhibition catalogue] (1983); J. Hayes, The drawings of Thomas Gainsborough (2 v., 1970).

S. Lambert, The image multiplied: five centuries of printed reproductions of paintings and drawings (1987).

Summary Note

Each plate is captioned with the name of the owner of the drawing. Most were owned by G. Hibbert or Dr Monro. The two owners besides those mentioned on the title page were W. Alexander and J. Laporte. Viscountess Palmerston is mentioned in place of the Viscount.

Some plates are printed in color.


The verso of the front free-endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'S.A.H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Binding Note

19th-century half red morocco, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Gainsborough'.

Name as Subject


Landscapes (environments) - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Drawings - Sketches - Studies (visual works) - Landscapes (representations) - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Colour printing - Great Britain - 19th century


Thomas Gainsborough RA, source artist
William Frederick Wells, etcher
John Peter Laporte, etcher
H. R. Young, publisher
George Hibbert, dedicatee