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An Inquiry Into The Early History Of Greek Sculpture. - By James Christie, Member Of The Society Of Dilettanti. -

James Christie the younger

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed By William Clowes, 14, Charing Cross. -, MDCCCXXXII.

Physical Description

[4], xiii, [3], 54 p., frontis. (port.); 318 mm. (Quarto.)


[Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Introduction - Contents - [Text]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is unsigned. But according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography it shows a portrait 'bust by Henry Behnes, drawn by Henry Corbould, engraved by Robert Graves.'

The printer's name is repeated in the colophon.

Summary Note

The text discusses not only the sculpture but also the coinage of the ancient Greeks, and their relation to the sculpture of the Egyptians, Macedonians and Persians.

The frontispiece shows a bust inscribed 'Christie'.

This work was posthumously published by one of Christie's sons, in a run of fifty copies for private circulation. It had been written to serve as an introduction to the second volume of the Society of Dilettanti's Specimens of Ancient Sculpture; but in the event that volume appeared in 1835 with an introduction by another hand.

Immediate source of Acquisition

Presented by, Richard Westmacott RA in, 1868. (See 'Report on the Library', RA Annual Report for 1868, Appendix No. 6, p. 33).


The half-title is inscribed in ink, 'Richd. Westmacott'.

Binding Note

19th- or 20th-century black papered boards; rebacked with black calf in 20th century, spine unlettered.


Sculpture, Greek - Coins, Greek - Greece - History
Art history - Great Britain - 19th century


Richard Westmacott the Younger RA, previous owner
Henry Behnes, source artist
Henry Corbould, draughtsman
Robert Graves ARA, engraver
William Clowes, printer