Imitations Of Ancient And Modern Drawings Engraved And Published By C. M. Metz;

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Physical Description

Title-pl., 67 f. carrying 89 pl.; 568 mm. (Broadsheet).

Responsibility Note

Most plates are signed by C. M. Metz as engraver.


S. Hyde, Drawings in print: the reproduction of drawings in eighteenth-century England [exhibition catalogue] (1983).

Summary Note

The work appears to have been published serially. (ESTC N7756 describes a copy having a title page, carrying the date of 1798, and [14] pages of letterpress text.)

Most plates are captioned with the name of the original draughtsman, and with that of the drawing's then owner. They reproduce drawings by Raphael, Parmegiano, Vasari, Parmegianino, Palma Jovine, Rubens, Michelangelo, Cignani, Perin Del Vaga (after Raphael), Rembrandt, Raffael Da Reggio, Battista Franco, Polidoro, Barocci, Giulio Romano, An. Carracci, Lud. Cangiagio, Lod. Carracci, Titian, B. Garofalo, Durer, Correggio, Primaticcio, Lafage, T. Zucchero, Tintoretto, Guercino, Guido, Domenichino, Leonardo da Vinci, Bernini, Daniele da Volterra, Paolo Farinato, Cellini and Cortona; one is unattributed. They were in the collections of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin West, 'C.M. Edm.', His Majesty, Richard Dalton, Henry Reveley, Richard Cosway, Sir Abraham Hume, Edward Knight, Richard Payne Knight, Paul Sandby, W. Hodges, R. Udney, 'C.M.' and Charles Grevil.


The Academy subscribed in 1789 (RAA cash book 1789), and re-subscribed in 1796.

Copy Note

The last engraving is partially covered by a copy.

Binding Note

19th-century half black morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Metz's Ancient Drawings, spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1789'.


Drawings, European - Drawings, Italian - History
Collections - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Conrad Martin Metz, engraver, publisher

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