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Collection De Lettres De Nicolas Poussin.

Nicolas Poussin

RA Collection: Book

Record number




Paris,: Imprimerie De Firmin Didot, Imprimeur Du Roi Et De L'Institut, Rue Jacob, No 24., 1824.

Physical Description

[iv], xiv, ii, 384 p., frontis. (port.), 1 pl.; 201 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-title, frontis., t.p.] - [Plate 1] - Avertissement - Errata - [Text] - Notes Et Corrections.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait of Poussin is signed as 'Engraved by J. Posselwhite' and captioned, 'N. Poussin. From the original Picture by himself in the Gallery of the Louvre'. The Planche Iere. is signed as drawn by Bartolini, etched by 'A.M.' and engraved by 'V.M.'


N. Poussin, Correspondance de Nicolas Poussin, ed. C. Jouanny (1911).

Summary Note

The 'Planche Iere' shows 'Premier Prix Des Beaux Arts Pour L'École Française', a medal, the obverse showing a portrait-head of Poussin; the reverse carries the date 'An. V.'


Copy Note

The half-title is inscribed in ink, 'Oct.3.1853 To Miss Beale, with kind regards' and, in a seemingly different hand, 'Rouen Augt 18. 1825 J.J.Masquenir'.

On a blank leaf between the 'Planche Iere' and the 'Avertissement' has been pasted in a watercolour; the leaf is inscribed in ink, 'Hameau de Villers. Clos Poussin. Entrance of the Enclosure where Poussin's house stood near Andelys in which he was born 1594. At the present day there remain no traces of the house which this great painter inhabited. A few solitary apple-trees remain to mark & overshadow the house.'

Binding Note

19th-century marbled-papered boards; rebacked and recornered in calf in 20th century, spine lettered 'Lettres De Poussin' and '1824'.

Name as Subject


Artists - Painters - Italy - Rome - History - 17th century
Letters - Italy - 17th century
Biography - Art history - France - 19th century


Nicolas Poussin, source artist
James Posselwhite, engraver
Lorenzo Bartolini, draughtsman
Firmin Didot, printer, publisher