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Anecdotes Of Painting in England; With Some Account Of The Principal Artists; And Incidental Notes on other Arts. Also, A Catalogue Of Engravers Who Have Been Born Or Resided In England. Collected By The Late George Vertue; Digested And Published From His Original MSS. By Horace Walpole; With Additions By The Rev. James Dallaway. - A New Edition, Revised, With Additional Notes. By Ralph N. Wornum. - In Three Volumes. Vol. I. (- III.)

Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

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London:: Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden., 1862.

Physical Description

3 vols.; 220 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xxxii, 351, [1] p., frontis. (port.), 26 pl.: illus. - Vol. II: [5], 352-720 p., frontis. (port.), 30 pl.: illus. - Vol. III: [4], 721-1007, [2], 482-510, [36] p., frontis. (port.), 30 pl.: illus.


Vol. I: [Front., t.p.] - Contents To Vol. I - Advertisement To The Edition Of Mr. Dallaway (1826) - [Dedic.] - Horace Walpole's Preface (1762) - Horace Walpole's Advertisement Prefixed To The Fourth Volume Of The Original Edition (1780) - List Of Plates Vol.I.(-III.) - List Of Wood Engravings. Vol. I.(-III.) - Names Of Artists, Ranged According To The Times In Which They Lived - [Text and plates]; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Front., t.p.] - Contents To Vol. II - [Text and plates]. - Vol. III: [Front., t.p.] - Contents To Vol.III - [Text and plates] - Appendix - Alphabetical List Of The Engraved Portraits Described ... - Index; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

Most plates are signed by source artists; some, by draughtsmen (H. Corbould, H. Bone, G.P. Harding, W. Bone, R.T. Bone, J. Jackson RA, J. Thurston, E. Pretty, Worlidge, Mercier, W. Faithorne); all, by engravers - W. Bromley ARA, J. Thomson, P. Audinet, S. Freeman, W.H. Worthington, H. Cook, F. Engleheart, R. Cooper, W.C. Edwards, W. Raddon, W. Finden, John H. Robinson, P. Thomas, A.W. Warren, W. Bond, H. Cook, G.T. Doo, H. Robinson, E. Scriven, W.H. Watt, B.P. Gibbon, J.W. Cook, W. Skelton.

Summary Note

Walpole had already published his catalogue of his father's collection of paintings when he acquired George Vertue's notes in 1758, which he edited, supplemented and began to print on his own press in 1762. Dallaway's edition had been published in 5 volumes between 1826 and 1828. The Anecdotes remain a useful source-compendium for the history of art in Britain. The plates are portraits - most, of artists; some, of patrons. They are captioned with the name of the sitter, and captioned or signed with the name of the source artist. Source artists include J. Reynolds, A.S. Damer, J. Mabuse, H. Holbein, A. More, J. v. Cleeve, C. Kelet, N. Hilliard, I. Oliver, N. Bacon, P. Vansomer, C. Jansen, Van Dyck, Rubens, Diepenbeck, C. Polenburg, G. Jameson, Dobson, Lievens, P. Lely, J. Greenhill, A. Verrio, Roestraten, G. Kneller, H. Tilson, J. Riley, G. Schalken, T. Murray, M. Dahl, P. Stubly, H. Hysing, J. Vanderbank, T. Worlidge, W. Hogarth, F. Zincke, L. Goupy, A. Carpentiers, W. Aikman, Lewis, W. Faithorne, Walker, F. Place, H. Winstanley, J.B. Greuse, G. Vertue.


The front pastedown of Volume I is inscribed in pencil, 'S:A:H.', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Copy Note

Imperfect: lacks the plate to face p.678 in Vol. II.

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth, decorated in blind; spines lettered 'Walpole's Anecdotes Of Painting - Dallaway And Wornum - Vol. I. (-III.)' and 'Bohn's English Gentleman's Library'.


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Art history - Biography - Anecdotes - Reference books - Great Britain - 18th century - 19th century