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An Inquiry Into The Requisite Cultivation And Present State Of The Arts Of Design In England. By Prince Hoare.

Prince Hoare

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Books recently published by Richard Phillips, No. 6, Bridge-Street, Blackfriars


London:: Printed For Richard Phillips, No. 6, Bridge-Street, Blackfriars, By B. McMillan, Bow-Street, Covent-Garden., 1806. [Price 7s. in Boards.]

Physical Description

[iv], xxiii, [i], 270, [2] p., frontis.; 185 mm. (Duodecimo.)


[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - Erratum - [Text]; [colophon] - [Publisher's advertisement]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as painted by Sr. Josha Reynolds and engraved by Blake, and captioned as 'Sketched from the Picture by Sir Joshua Reynolds on the ceiling of the Library of the Royal Academy.' (This painting is still displayed in the Royal Academy's Library.) It carries the publisher's imprint, 'Pubd. Feby. 21 1806 by R. Phillips, No. 6, Bridge Street, Blackfriars.' The printer's name is repeated in the colophon. The work is dedicated 'To The Earl Of Dartmouth, President, And To The Other Governors Of The British Institution For Promoting The Fine Arts In The United Kingdom'.


J. Fenton, School Of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy (2006); P. Funnell, 'William Hazlitt, Prince Hoare and the Institutionalisation of the British Art World', in B. Allen, ed., Towards a Modern Art World (1995), p.145-56; S. Hutchison, The History of the Royal Academy (1986); J. Barrell, The political theory of painting from Reynolds to Hazlitt (1986); P. Fullerton, 'Patronage and pedagogy: the British Institution in the early nineteenth century', in Art history, 1 (1982), p.59-72; W.T. Whitley, Art in England 1800-1820 (1928).

Summary Note

The text is in four sections: Pt.I: 'Of the Advantages arising from the Cultivation of the Arts; and on the Methods most conducive to their Advancement' (in which Hoare argues the importance of the Arts to a nation's prestige and morals, and the advantages of public patronage); Pt.II: 'Of the Establishment, Design and Progress of the Royal Academy of Arts; and of its annual Exhibitions'; Pt. III: 'Of the Power of English Genius; conducive to Excellence in the Arts'; Pt. IV: 'Sketch of the present state of the Arts of Design in England'. The frontispiece shows a drawing of 'The Graphic Muse' holding a scroll inscribed 'Theory'. The two-page publisher's advertisement has the title, 'Books recently published by Richard Phillips, No. 6, Bridge-Street, Blackfriars.' The artist and playwright, Prince Hoare, had been appointed honorary Secretary for Foreign Correspondence at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1799, and before this Inquiry had already published Extracts from a Correspondence with the Academies of Vienna and St. Petersburg (1802), Academic Correspondence (1804) and Academic Annals of Painting (1805). The Inquiry was published shortly after the founding of the British Institution in 1805 and its opening in January 1806.


Acknowledged 6 February 1807 (RAA CM IV, 4).

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine, black morocco spine-label lettered 'Prince Hoare On The Arts Of Design'.

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Arts - Art - Design - Artists - Patronage - Sponsorship - Art and state - Academies - Exhibitions - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Treatises - Essays - Great Britain - 19th century


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