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Lectures On Painting And Design: Origin Of The Art - Anatomy The Basis Of Drawing - The Skeleton - The Muscles Of Man And Quadruped - Standard Figures - Composition - Colour - Ancients And Moderns - Invention. By B.R. Haydon, Historical Painter. With Designs Drawn By Himself On The Wood, And Engraved By Edward Evans.

Benjamin Robert Haydon

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London:: Longman, Brown, Green, And Longmans, Paternoster-Row., 1844. (-1846.)

Physical Description

2 vols.; 223 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xii, 331, [1] p., pl. A, B. (both fold.): illus. - Vol. II: xvi, 295, [1] p., frontis. (port.)., [2] pl. (one fold.).


Vol. I: [Half-t., pl., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - Errata [slip] - [Text, Lectures I-VII, with illus.]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., front., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - Errata [slip] - [Text, Lectures VIII-XIV with pl., Appendix].

Responsibility Note

In Volume I the folding plates A and B are signed as 'Drawn by a pupil under direction' and etched by W. Bromley. In-text illustrations are unsigned. In Volume II the frontispiece portrait of Haydon is signed as 'From a Bust by Park' and 'C.B. Leighton, Litho. 6, Percy St., Rathbone Pl.' The first, folding, plate is unsigned but captioned 'From the Original Drawing given me by Wilkie'; the second plate (portrait of Wilkie) is signed as 'Sketched by B.R. Haydon. C.B. Leighton, Litho.'

The printer of Volume I is named on the title-page verso, 'London: Printed By Manning And Mason, Ivy-Lane, St. Paul's'; that of Volume II, on the half-title verso, 'London: Printed By Wilson And Ogilvy, 57, Skinner Street, Snowhill'.

The volumes are dedicated by the author to William Wordsworth (Volume I) and the Duke of Sutherland (Volume II).


E. George, The life and death of Benjamin Robert Haydon (1967); A.N.L. Munby, 'The bibliophile: B.R. Haydon's anatomy book', in Apollo, 26 (1937 December), p.345-47.

Summary Note

The title of Volume II reads, 'Lectures On Painting And Design: Fuzeli - Wilkie - Effect Of The Societies On Taste - A Competent Tribunal - On Fresco - Elgin Marbles - Beauty. By B.R. Haydon ...'.

From 1835 Haydon delivered a series of lectures in London (Mechanics' Institute), Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Leicester.

In Volume I the folding plates A and B are captioned and show skeletons, of a 'Man in his natural position; standing on his feet, - (heel and toe)' and of a 'Quadruped placed on his heel and toes, like a human being'. The in-text illustrations show bones and muscles. In Volume II the frontispiece is a portrait of Haydon; the first, folding, plate shows a foot by Wilkie; the second plate is a portrait of 'David Wilkie arguing with some apprehension he will get the worst of it'.

Copy Note

Volume I has some marginal notes in pencil, in an unknown hand.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spines, red and black morocco spine-labeles lettered 'Haydon's Lectures On Painting Etc.Vol. I. (II.)'.

Name as Subject


Art - Painting - Theory - Techniques - Anatomy - Sculpture - Painters - Europe - Great Britain - History
Lectures - Art criticism - Great Britain - 19th century


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