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Lectures On The History And Principles Of Painting. By Thomas Phillips, Esq. R.A. F.R.S. & F.S.A. Late Professor Of Painting In The Royal Academy. - [Epigraph] -

Thomas Phillips RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed For Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, Paternoster-Row., 1833.

Physical Description

xxxii, 477, [1] p.: [1] illus.;211 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Errata - Contents - [Text] - [Colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the half-title verso and in the colophon: 'London: Printed by A. Spottiswoode, New-Street-Square.'

The work is dedicated by Thomas Phillips to George O'Brien, Earl of Egremont.


C. Miller, Thomas Phillips RA FRS FSA 1770-1845: portrait painter [dissertation, Univy. London, Courtauld Inst.] (1977); S.C. Hutchison, 'The Royal Academy schools, 1768-1830', in Walpole Society, 38 (1960-2), p.123-91, esp. p.152-3.

Summary Note

The text consists of ten lectures by the portrait-painter, Thomas Phillips, who had been Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy from 1825 to 1832. The lectures are listed in the Contents as on: I-IV. (1827) History of Painting; V. (1828) Invention; VI. (1828) Design; VII. (1829) Composition; VIII. (1829) Colouring; IX. (1829) Chiaro-Oscuro; X. (1832) Application of the Principles of Painting.

The in-text illustration on p.341 reproduces the color-wheel from Moses Harris's The Natural System of Colours, but is not printed in color.


A microfiche version was published in 1990 (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey).


The half-title is inscribed in ink, 'To The President & Council of the Royal Academy from the Author.'

Copy Note

A preliminary leaf is stamped, 'Co-Operative Bookbinder's: London'.

Binding Note

19th- or eary-20th- century black morocco, grey cloth-covered boards; gilt-decorated spine, lettered 'Lectures On Painting Phillips' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject

Moses Harris, Natural System of Colours
Royal Academy of Arts (London)


Art - Painting - Theory - History
Lectures - Speeches - Art history - Great Britain - 19th century