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La Vie Des Peintres Flamands, Allemands Et Hollandois, Avec Des Portraits Gravés en Taille-douce, une indication de leurs principaux Ouvrages, & des Réflexions sur leurs différentes manieres. Par M. J.B. Descamps, Peintre, Membre de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, Belle-Lettres & Arts de Rouen, & Professeur de l'Ecole du Dessein de la même Ville. Tome Premier. (- Quatrieme.)

Jean Baptiste Descamps

RA Collection: Book

Record number

07/31

Author

Imprint

A Paris,: Chez Charles-Antoine Jombert, Libraire du Roinpour l'Artillerie & le Génie, rue Dauphine à l'Image de Notre-Dame., M DCC LIII. (- M.DCC.LXIII.) Avec Approbation Et Privilege Du Roi.

Physical Description

4 vols.; 204 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xvi, 429, [11] p., frontis.: [41] illus. - Vol. II: [4], 480, [8] p., [56] illus. - Vol. III: xvi, 402, [6] p., [44] illus. (Page ix is misnumbered as vii.) - Vol. IV: viii, 302, [24] p.: [32] illus.

Contents

Vol. I: [Frontis., t.p.] - Explication Du Frontispice - [Dedic.] - Avertissement; Errata - [Text and illus. (ports.)] - Table Alphabétique Des Noms Des Peintres Contenus Dans Ce Premier Volume - Table Des Peintres Avec Portrait - Approbation; Privilege Du Roy; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Text and illus. (ports.)]; Errata - Table Des Peintres Avec Portrait - Table Alphabétique Des Noms Des Peintres Contenus Dans Ce Second Volume; [colophon]. - Vol. III: [Half-t., t.p., dedic.] - Avertissement - Errata - [Text and illus. (ports.)] - Table Alphabétique Des Noms Des Peintres Contenus Dans Ce Troisieme Volume - Table Des Peintres Avec Portrait; [colophon]. - Vol. IV: [Half-t., t.p.] - Avertissement - [Text and illus. (ports.)] - Table Alphabétique Des Noms Des Peintres Contenus Dans Ce Quatrieme Volume - Table Des Peintres Avec Portrait Du Quatrieme Tome - Table Du Tome Premier (- Troisieme).

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece of Volume I is signed as designed and drawn by J.B. Descamps and engraved by J.P. Le Bas. Most in-text illustrations are signed as drawn by I.B. Descamps or Ch. Eissen and engraved by R. Gaillard, D. Sornique, Fi(c)quet, Teucher, M. Aubert, L. Le Grand, A. Pinssio, Basan, Benoist or Campion. The headpieces of the two dedications, in Vols. I and III, are signed as engraved by N. Le Mire. The printer is named in the colophon of Vol. I as 'De l'Imprimerie d'Abraham Viret, Imprimeur ordinaire de l'Hôtel de Ville & l'Académie Royale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres & Arts de Rouen, rue Senécaux, près S. Martin sur Renelle, 1752.', and in those of Vols. II-IV as 'A Rouen, de l'Imprimerie de Viret fils'. The dedications are by J.B. Descamps to (Vol. I) Claude-Alexandre De Villeneuve, Comte De Vence, and (Vol. III) M. De Lalive De Jully.

References

A. Carlier, Charles Eisen de Valenciennes (1966); A. Rostand, J.-B. Descamps (1936).

Summary Note

Publication-dates are given on the four title-pages as 1753 (with the colophon naming the printer with the date 1752), 1754, 1760 and 1763. In the imprints of the third and fourth volumes the name of Charles-Antoine Jombert is replaced by those of 'Desaint & Saillant, rue de S. Jean de Beauvais. Pissot, Quai de Conty. Durand, rue du Foin.' (and in the fourth volume 'Durand, rue du Foin' is replaced by 'Durand le Neveu, rue S. Jacques, au coin de la rue du Plâtre'). Descamps' collection of biographies was well received in its day, but contained several inaccuracies. The frontispiece of Volume I is an allegory showing a seated female figure representing 'Painting', carrying both a palette and a pen. Apart from the headpieces of the two dedications, decorated initials and printer's vignettes, all in-text illustrations are portraits of artists.

Provenance

The verso of the frontispiece of Volume I and the half-titles of Volumes II-IV are inscribed in ink, 'Bequest of Sr A.W. Callcott.'

Binding Note

20th-century half mottled calf, marbled-papered boards; earlier red and black morocco spine-labeles lettered 'Descamps. Les Peintres Flamands Tom. I. (-IV.)'.

Subject

Painters - Artists - Painting - Netherlands - Belgium - Germany - History
Biography - Art history - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century

Contributors