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Contributions To The Literature Of The Fine Arts. By Charles Lock Eastlake, R.A. &c. &c.

Sir Charles Lock Eastlake PRA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: John Murray, Albemarle Street., 1848.

Physical Description

xiii, [iii], 396, 2, [2], 16 p.; 222 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - [Text]; [colophon] - [Publisher's advertisements].

Responsibility Note

The Preface is signed by H. Bellenden Ker.

The printer is named on the half-title verso and in the colophon: 'London: Spottiswoode and Shaw, New-street-Square.'

The work is dedicated by the Editor to Sir Robert Peel, bart.


D. Robertson, Sir Charles Eastlake and the Victorian art world (1978).

Summary Note

The collection contains essays on: 1. Fine arts; 2. Criterion of style; subjects of Middle Ages; 3. Origin of modern German school of fresco; 4. State of English School, in connection with rebuilding Houses of Parliament; 5. Representation distinguished from description; 6. Sculpture; 7. Basso-rilievo; 8. Painting styles and methods suited to public buildings; 9. Life of Raphael; 10. Notes from Kugler's Handbook; note on subjects in cappella Sistina; 11. Extract from translation of Goethe's Theory of colours; 12. Decoration of a villa.


A preliminary leaf is inscribed in ink, 'John Gibson Eqr R.A. from the Editor.'

Copy Note

The front pastedown carries the bookseller's ticket, reading 'Sold by C.J. Stewart, 11 King William St. W. Strand, London.'

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth-covered boards, covers and spine decorated in blind; rebacked in 20th century retaining earlier spine-piece lettered 'Literature Of The Fine Arts - Eastlake' and 'London John Murray'.


Art - Arts - Painting - Sculpture - Decoration - Public buildings - Theory
Essays - Art criticism - Art history - Great Britain - 19th century
Publishers' advertisements - Great Britain - 19th century


John Murray, publisher
Charles Henry Bellenden Ker, editor, previous owner
Sir Robert Peel 2nd Baronet, dedicatee
John Gibson RA, previous owner
Charles John Stewart, bookseller
Spottiswoode and Shaw (London), printer