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Facsimiles Of Original Studies By Michael Angelo, In The University Galleries, Oxford. Etched By Joseph Fisher.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London:: Bell And Daldy, 186, Fleet Street., 1865.

Physical Description

25, [1] p., 33, 23 pl. (one dble., one fold.); 255 mm. (Quarto.)


[Half-t., t.p.] - Introduction - Studies By Michael Angelo [description of plates]; [colophon] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Most plates are signed as drawn by Michelangelo and engraved by J. Fisher. One is signed as engraved by W. Fisher (ser. I. pl. 22).

The text printer is named in the colophon: 'Chiswick Press: - Printed By Whittingham And Wilkins, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.'


C. Whistler, Michelangelo and Raphael drawings [Ashmolean Handbooks] (1990); D. Sutton, 'Oxford and the Lawrence collection of drawings', in Italian drawings from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford [exhibition catalogue] (1970), p. vii-xxxiii; J.C. Robinson, A critical account of the drawings by Michel Angelo and Raffaello in the University Galleries, Oxford (1870).

L. Østermark-Johansen, Sweetness and Strength: The Reception of Michelangelo in Late Victorian England (1998).

Summary Note

Most of the drawings by Michelangelo in the Ashmolean Museum were given in 1845 and 1846, and had previously belonged to Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

The plates show drawings of human figures and heads; one shows a horse. One (series II, pl. 20) is a facsimile of Michelangelo's handwriting.

Binding Note

19th-century quarter red morocco, red cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Original Studies By Michael Angelo', 'London Bell & Daldy'. Binding repaired by Wessely in 1993.

Name as Subject


Drawings - Italy - 16th century
Collections - Great Britain - Oxfordshire - Oxford - 19th century
Catalogues - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century