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Essays Towards The History Of Painting. By Mrs. Callcott.

Lady Maria Callcott

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Edward Moxon, Dover Street., MDCCCXXXVI.

Physical Description

[iv], iv, 269, [1] p.; 190 mm. (Duodecimo.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Contents - [Text]; [colophon] - Errata [slip].

Responsibility Note

The printers' names appear on the verso of the title-page and in the colophon: 'London: Bradbury And Evans, Printers, Whitefriars.'

The work is dedicated by Maria Callcott 'To The Miss Warrens' (daughters of her physician).


C. LLoyd, 'Lady Callcott's honeymoon, 1827-8: art-historical reflections in Germany and Italy', in Taste and travel in the nineteenth century, ed. C. Richardson and G. Smith (2001); M. Callcott, The journal of Maria, Lady Callcott, 1827-8, ed. C. LLoyd and D.B. Brown (1981); R.B. Gotch, Maria, Lady Callcott: the creator of 'Little Arthur' (1937).

Summary Note

These essays exemplify the growing British interest in painters of the early Renaissance - Lady Callcott's appreciation of whom probably influenced the connoisseurship of her young friend Charles Eastlake. The work draws to some extent on her travels with her husband, Augustus Wall Callcott, R.A., in Germany and Italy in 1827-8, when they met the 'Nazarenes' and other groups of artists and such pioneering art-historians as the brothers Boisserée, Carlo Lasinio and G. von Dillis.

The text consists of six essays: I.(on the origin of art); II. Of Art In Ancient Italy; III. Of Painting In Greece; IV. Of The Third Period Of Painting In Greece; V. Classification Of Pictures; VI. On The Materials Used By Painters.

In 1838 Lady Callcott published Continuation of Essays towards the History of painting.


Presented by the author in 1836 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, VIII, 206).

Binding Note

19th-century diced calf; gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Callcott On Painting'.


Art - Painting - Middle East - Mediterranean Region - Europe - Greece - Italy - History
Art history - Great Britain - 19th century


Edward Moxon, publisher
Miss Warren, dedicatee
Lady Maria Callcott, previous owner, donor
Bradbury and Evans (London), printer