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A Dictionary Of Painters, From The Revival Of The Art To The Present Period; By The Rev. M. Pilkington, A.M. A New Edition, With Considerable Alterations, Additions, An Appendix, And An Index, By Henry Fuseli, R.A. [Epigraph]

Matthew Pilkington

RA Collection: Book

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Uniform Title

[Gentleman's and Connoisseur's Dictionary of Painters., 1805.]


London:: Printed By John Crowder, Warwick-Square, For J. Johnson; R. Faulder; J. Walker; Wilkie And Robinson; J. Stockdale; Scatcherd And Letterman; Cuthell And Martin; Vernor And Hood; Longman, Hurst, Rees, And Orme; Cadell And Davies; Lackington, Allen, And Co; Blacks And Parry; W. Miller; J. Harding; And J. Mawman. -, 1805.

Physical Description

xx, [ii], 693, [21] p.; 264 mm. (Quarto.)


[T.p., dedic.] - The Preface - The Names Of The Principal Authors Whose Works Have Been Consulted - An Explanation Of The Technical Terms - Advertisement Of The Editor - [Text] - Appendix - Index; [colophon] - Errata.

Responsibility Note

The printer's name is repeated in the colophon.

The dedication is a reprint of that of the first edition, and carries the date of Dec. 2, 1770. It is by Matt. Pilkington 'To The President And Council Of The Royal Academy Of Painting, In London.'

Summary Note

Pilkington's biographic dictionary had been first published in 1770 as The Gentleman's and Connoisseur's Dictionary of Painters. It is retitled A Dictionary of Painters in Fuseli's editions (1805 and 1810); and A General Dictionary of Painters in editions after 1824.

As the title claims, Fuseli's 'Alterations' and 'Additions' are 'Considerable'. They include hostile comments on Dürer and his circle, and biographies of Fuseli's father and brothers.


Presented in memory of Julian Trevelyan RA by Mary Fedden RA, December 1988.

Binding Note

19th-century calf; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Fuseli's Pilkington And Discourses'. Bound with a copy of the 1801 edition of Fuseli's Lectures on painting.


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