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A Review Of The Polite Arts In France, At the Time of their Establishment under Louis XIVth, Compared With Their Present State In England: In Which Their National Importance And Several Pursuits, Are Briefly Stated And Considered. In A Letter to Sir Joshua Reynolds, President of the Royal Academy, and F.R.S. By Valentine Green, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Mezzotint Engraver to His Majesty, and to the Elector Palatine; Member of the Royal Academy, London, and Professor of the Electoral Academy, Dusseldorff.

Valentine Green ARA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed for T. Cadell, Bookseller and Printer to the Royal Academy, in the Strand., M.DCC.LXXXII.

Physical Description

iv, 77, [1] p.; 263 mm. (Quarto).


[T.p.] - Advertisement - [Text] - Errata.


A. Whitman, Valentine Green (1901); T. Clayton, The English print 1688-1802 (1997); D.T. Andrew, 'Popular culture and public debate: London 1780', in Historical journal, 39 (1996), p.405-23; D.H. Solkin, Painting for money: the visual arts and the public sphere in eighteenth-century England (1993).
ESTC, T146632


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications).


Presented by the author in 1783 (see RA Council Minutes, I, 337).

Binding Note

20th-century half morocco, brown cloth-covered boards, spine gilt-decorated, lettered 'Tracts' and 'R.A.' Bound with seven others.

Name as Subject


Art and state - Patronage - Art commissions - Sponsorship - Government policy - Rulers - France - Great Britain - History - 17th century - 18th century
Pamphlets - Essays - Great Britain - 18th century


Thomas Cadell the elder, publisher, bookseller