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A Collection Of Views And Studies After Nature With Other Subjects Designed And Etched By Edward Edwards Associate And Teacher Of Perspective In The Royal Academy London, 1790.

Edward Edwards ARA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




[London?:: s.n.,], 1790.

Physical Description

[4] p., title-pl., [32] leaves carrying 51 pl.; 420 mm.


[Engr. t.-pl., dedic.] - Index To The Views -[Plates].

Responsibility Note

Many plates are signed 'E.E.' Plate 47 is signed 'Painted & etch'd by E.E. Finish'd by I. Hall'.

The work is dedicated by E. Edwards to Robert Udney.

Summary Note

The publication-date of 1790 appears on the title-plate and plates 8?, 45 and 51. Several plates carry earlier dates of 1784 (pl. 49), 1785 (6, 7?, 11, 13, 14, 20, 37, 39), 1786 (16, 21, 22, 23?, 24, 43) and 1789 (28, 29, 32, 33, 35, 44).

Plates 1-36 are landscape studies (twenty-one of these are identified in the 'Index To The Views'). Plates 37-51 show chiefly human figures and heads (some in Greco-Roman style). Plate 37 is captioned, 'Iunculae et Chimaerae diversae'. Plate 47 is a portrait of 'T.K.' (possibly Thomas Kerrich).

Edwards had been one of the first students of the Royal Academy Schools, enrolling in 1769. He had travelled to Italy about 1774-1776, at Robert Udney's expense; and exhibited frequently with the Society of Artists, the Free Society and the Royal Academy from 1771 to 1806. He was elected A.R.A. in 1773; and taught perspective in the Academy from 1788 to 1806. In 1803 he would publish his Practical Treatise of Perspective; but is best known for his Anecdotes of painters (1808), a supplement to Walpole's Anecdotes (1762-71).


Presented by the author; acknowledged 31 December 1791 (RAA CM II, 148).

Copy Note

Inscribed in ink in an unidentified hand, on the upper right-hand corner of the preliminary page, 'Presented by the Author'.

Binding Note

19th-century half red morocco, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Edwards's Etchings'.


Landscapes (environments) - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Landscapes (representations) - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Robert Udney, dedicatee
John Hall, engraver
Edward Edwards ARA, source artist, previous owner, donor
Royal Academy of Arts (London), Teacher of Perspective (1788-1806: Edwards).