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A Hand-Book Of The History Of Painting, From The Age Of Constantine The Great To The Present Time; By Dr. Franz Kugler. Translated From The German By A Lady. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. Edited, With Notes, By C.L. Eastlake, Esq., R.A.

Franz Theodor Kugler

RA Collection: Book

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Uniform Title

[Handbuch der Geschichte der Malerei., English., 1841.]


London:: John Murray, Albemarle Street., 1841.

Physical Description

xxxii, [4], 444, 4 p., fold. frontis.; 200 mm. (Duodecimo.)


[Frontis., t.p.] - Author's Preface - Editor's Preface - General Literary materials For The Study Of Italian Painting - Errata And Addenda - Contents - [Text] - List Of Places Referred To In The First Volume - Names Of Artists; [colophon] - [Publisher's advertisement].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as engraved by W.O. Burgess. It carries the publisher's imprint of John Murray.

The printers' name is given on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'Printed By Richard And John E. Taylor, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street.'


Studies of the development of art history include E. Fernie, Art history and its methods: a critical anthology (1995); V.H. Minor, Art history's history (1994); M. Podro, The critical historians of art (1982).

Summary Note

In 1834 Franz Kugler had been appointed professor of art history at the University of Berlin - the first European chair in this subject. Kugler's Handbuch der Geschichte der Malerei, von Constantin dem Grossen bis auf die neuere Zeit had been published in 1837. This volume is a translation into English by Margaret Hutton of the first part only of Kugler's Handbuch; her translation of the second part, covering the Dutch, Flemish and German schools of painting, did not appear in print until 1846 (q.v.).

This part of the history is presented in six books: I. Early Christian period; II. 13th century; III. 14th century (Tuscany and upper Italy); IV. 15th century (Tuscany, Veneto, Umbria, Naples); V. 16th century. (Tuscany, Rome, Veneto) (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael); VI. 17th, 18th centuries.

The folding frontispiece shows Michelangelo's designs for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican palace, Rome.


Presented by Charles Lock Eastlake RA in 1841 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, IX, 218).

Copy Note

The rear pastedown carries the binder's ticket, but this has been made illegible by the rebacking.

Binding Note

19th-century red cloth-covered boards, covers and spine decorated in blind; rebacked in 20th century, retaining earlier spine-piece lettered 'Handbook Of Painting - Eastlake' and 'London John Murray. 1841.'


Painting, European - Europe - Germany - Belgium - Netherlands - History
Art history - Germany - 19th century
Translations into English - Translations from German - Publishers' advertisements - Great Britain - 19th century


John Murray, publisher
Sir Charles Lock Eastlake PRA, editor, previous owner, donor
Richard Taylor, printer
John Edward Taylor, printer
William Oakley Burgess, engraver
Michelangelo Buonarroti, source artist