Engravings Of The Most Noble The Marquis Of Stafford's Collection Of Pictures, In London, Arranged According To Schools, And In Chronological Order, With Remarks On Each Picture. By William Young Ottley, Esq. F.S.A. The Executive Part Under The Management Of Peltro William Tomkins, Esq. Historical Engraver To Her Majesty. - Vol. I. (- IV.) -

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London:: Printed By Bensley And Son, Bolt Court, Fleet Street; For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme And Brown, Paternoster Row; Cadell And Davies, Strand; And P.W. Tomkins, New Bond Street. -, 1818.

Physical Description

4 vols. [in two]; 409 mm. (Folio.)

General Note

Vol. I: xi, [3], 26, [2] p., 13, [25] pl. - Vol. II: [4], 2, [27-]67 p., [31] pl. - Vol. III: [4], 3, [1], [67-]98 p., [36] pl. - Vol. IV: [4], 3, [1], 99-143, [1] p., [34] pl. - (Apart from the numbered plates showing the plans of the Gallery in Vol. I the plates do not carry plate numbers; but are assigned numbers in the four Lists of Plates.)


Vol. I: [Half-t., t.p., dedic., dedic.] - Advertisement - [Fly title] - List Of Plates In Volume The First - [Text] - Plans Of The Marquis Of Stafford's Gallery, London - [Pl. 1-13 (plans)] - [Plates]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - List Of Plates In Volume The Second - [Text] - [Plates]. - Vol. III: [Half-t., t.p.] - List Of Plates In Volume The Third - [Text] - [Plates]. - Vol. IV: [Half-t., t.p.] - List Of Plates In Volume The Fourth - Directions To The Binder - [Text] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The thirteen numbered plates of plans are unsigned. All other plates are signed with the name of the source-artist, and as drawn by W.M. Craig and engraved by L. Schiavonetti, Wm. Bromley, Jas. Fittler, P.W. Tomkins, C. Heath, I.H. Wright, Jas. Neagle (I. Neagle), S. Mitan jun., Geo. Corbould, Elizabeth Byrne, Wm. Finden, I. Scott (J. Scott), J. Wright, A. Smith ARA, I.M. Delatre, T. Milton, Worthington, F.R. Hay, Piccart, C. Warren, I. Taylor, I. Romney, Edwd. Finden, I. Roffe, Letitia Byrne, I.F. Dauthemare (Danthemare), A.Wm. Warren, R. Rhodes, T.L. Busby, I. Landseer ARA, I. Byrne or S. Middeman.

Each plate carries the imprint of the publishers and date (the same names as on the title-pages, with the addition of the name of J. White of Fleet Street on all plates except those published in 1819).

The first dedication is to the King as Patron, the Prince of Wales as Vice-patron, the Earl of Dartmouth as President and the Governors of the British Institution For Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom. The second (carrying the date of 1808) is from the Proprietors to the King.


See: P. Humfrey, The Stafford Gallery: the greatest art collection of Regency London, 2019. A study of the hang of pictures was F. Russel, 'The hanging and display of pictures 1700-1850', in The fashioning and functioning of the British country house (1989), p.133-53.

On the Sutherland and other British collections see G. Jackson-Stops, The treasure-houses of Britain [exhibition catalogue] (1985); P. Fullerton, Some aspects of the early years of the British Institution ... [dissertation, Univy. London] (1979); F. Hermann, The English as collectors (1972); G. Reitlinger, The economics of taste (2 v., 1961-3); W. Whitley, Art in England 1800-1820 (1921); G.F. Waagen, Treasures of art in Great Britain (1854); W. Buchanan, Memoirs of painting with a chronological history of the importation of pictures by the great masters into England since the French revolution (1824).

Summary Note

The publication-date of 1818 is carried by all four title pages; but the work was published serially - all plates carrying publication dates of 1808, 1810-1819 (two plates carrying the 1819 date). The 'Directions To The Binder' in Volume IV include instructions for some changes in the arrangement of the work.

The work shows and describes paintings in the Stafford collection. Several plates show more than one painting; and the first thirteen plates provide a valuable record of the hang of the collection.

Stafford (afterwards first Duke of Sutherland) inherited pictures from his father, his mother and his maternal uncle, the Duke of Bridgewater; and himself enlarged the collection. Some of its holdings had formerly been part of the Orléans collection. Stafford admitted the public to Stafford House, was a founding member and later president of the British Institution, actively promoted the establishment of the Dulwich and National Galleries, and presented the National Gallery with several paintings.

The plates carry the names of the source-artists, and their measurements. According to an advertisement published by Samuel Leigh they were available as prints, at £35.14s., or as India Proofs, at £71.8s., or Coloured and mounted, at £171.14s. They show paintings by:

(Vol. I) Leonardo, Raphael (3), Peruzzi, Del Sarto, Giulio Romano, S. del Piombo, Caravaggio, Volterra, Zucchero, Poussin (8), Spagnoletto, Claude (4), S. Rosa (2), G.B. Mola, G. Poussin (4), F. Mola, Cortona, Valentin, M.A. delle Battaglie, F. Lauri (2), Borgognone (3), D'Arpino, M. de Fiore, C. Ferri, O. Marinari (2), C. Maratta, F. Zuccherelli;

(Vol. II) L. Carracci (5), Pellegrino, D. Feti, Parmigiano, Correggio (2), N. del Abate, Cangiagio, L. Lotto, Titian (4), Pordenone, Moroni, P. Bordone, Tintoretto (4), Scarsellino, Palma vecchio (2), Schiavoni (2), Veronese (3), G. Bassano, M. Tintoretto, L. Bassano, Schidone, An. Carracci (8), Gessi, Garbieri, Guido (2), Guercino (2), Domenichino (4), F. Bolgnese, Albano (2), A. Turchi, V. Castelli, P. della Vecchia, C. Cignani, Lon. Milanese, Castiglione, Ag. Carracci, Varotari;

(Vol. III) Dürer, Rothenhamer (2), Pourbus, Moreelse, Steenwyck, P. Brill, Swanefeld, C. Huysmans (2), J. Lys, J. Miel, G. Tilborgh, J. Lingelback, M. Mireveldt, F. Hals, Rubens (3), J. Langhen, J. v. Cransbeck, G. Metzu, A. v. Ostade (6), A.D. Voys, J. v. Thulden, Van Dyck (2), Mengs, F. Sneyders, J. Fytt, M. Hondecouter, J. v. Capelle, J. Mompert, J.B. Weeninx, J.M. Blankhof, J. Wildens, J. Wynants (5), A. Pynacker, A. Kierings, C. Poelemborg, J. v. Goyen, Van Harp, C. Bega, J. Steen, P. de Koning, W. Kalf, Molinaer, D. Teniers sen., F. Maucheron, Janson, J.D. de Heem, A. Cuyp (6), T. Stoop, W. Romeyn, J.H. Root, J. Both (2), N. Berghem, J. Asselyn, F. Mile (3), Le nain, Rembrandt (3), H.M. Zorg, A. Brower, G. Turbugh, J. v. Ostade (2), D. Teniers jun. (8), school of Rembrandt, G. Schagen;

(Vol. IV) Rembrandt, Champagne, Metzu (2), Netscher (2), Dow (2), Victoors, D.V. Toll (4), Brokelen Kamp, Dusart (2), Vlieger, W. Vandervelde jun. (5), Hobbema (2), Gonzales (2), Arry de Voys, E.H. Vanderneer, A. Waterloo, Ruysdael (3), A. Vanderneer (2), P. Vander Leeuw, J. Vanderheyden, P. Wouwerman (5), J. Wyck, Berghem (4), P. Potter, A. Vandervelde, K. du Jardin, G.V. Eeckhout, G. Tilborgh, Backhuysen (2), J.P. v. Slingland, F. Mieris sen., W. Mieris, F. Mieris jun., J. Hugtenburg, J. v. Huysum, J. Van Os, L. de Vargas, Vernet (2), W. Dobson, G. Kneller, P. Lely, R. Wilson (2), Reinagle, J.M.W. Turner, G. Beaumont, Gainsborough, E. Bird.

Copy Note

In Volume I is loosely inserted a photo-copy of part of an advertisement, 'The Stafford Gallery At One-third of the Original Price', published by Samuel Leigh (London, no date).

Binding Note

19th-century half red morocco, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'Stafford Gallery Vol. I-II (III-IV)' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Paintings, European - History
Collections - Art galleries - Exhibiting - Object groupings and systems - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Catalogues - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century