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Felix Summerly's Hand Book For The National Gallery With Reminiscences Of The Most Celebrated Pictures Drawn From The Originals By John, James, And William Linnell.

Sir Henry Cole

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London: George Bell, 186, Fleet Street, 1843.

Physical Description

[8], [v]-ix, [1], 69, [5] p., frontis.: illus.; 165 mm. (Duodecimo.)


[Frontis., t.p.] - Advertisement (by Henry Cole) - Preface; [note on the cover and engravings] - A Brief Sketch Of The Rise And Progress Of The National Gallery - The Waterloo Vase - Numerical Catalogue Of The Pictures In The National Gallery [with illus.] - A Classed Catalogue Of The Pictures In The National Gallery, With Short Biographical Notices Of Their Painters - Painters Arranged In Chronological Order - Schools Of Painting ... ; Gifts; Bequests; Purchases By Parliamentary Grants; [note]; [colophon] - [Publisher's advertisement, 'Felix Summerly's Works. Published By George Bell ...'].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece and the in-text illustrations are unsigned.

The printer is named in the colophon: 'Charles Whittingham, Chiswick.'


On Sir Henry Cole see S.M. Avery-Quash, Creating a taste for beauty: Henry Cole's book ventures [dissertation, Cambridge Univy.] (1997); A. Cooper, For the public good: Henry Cole [dissertation, Open Univy.] (1992); E. Bonython, King Cole (1982).

Summary Note

The Advertisement and Preface refer to earlier editions of this catalogue, published in 1841.

The Advertisement, over the name of Henry Cole, accuses Joseph Hume, M.P., of plagiarism.

The name, 'Felix Summerly', is a pseudonym of Henry Cole, which he used from about 1841, mainly for his books for children.

The frontispiece shows the painting of the Raising of Lazarus, by Sebastian Del Piombo. In-text illustrations show other pictures in the collection.


The verso of the front loose endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'Sir Augustus Callcott from the Editor' and 'Bequest of Sr. A.W. Callcott'.

Copy Note

The spine-piece is missing.

Binding Note

Paper-covered boards; upper and lower covers printed with decoration in color.

Name as Subject


Paintings, European - History
Collections - Art galleries - Great Britain - London - 19th century
Catalogues - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


Sir Henry Cole, previous owner
Sir Augustus Wall Callcott RA, previous owner, donor
George Bell, publisher
John Linnell, draughtsman
James Thomas Linnell, draughtsman
William Linnell, draughtsman
Charles Whittingham II, printer
National Gallery (London)