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Memoir And Letters Of The Late Thomas Seddon, Artist. By His Brother. Second Edition.

John Pollard Seddon

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: James Nisbet And Co., 21 Berners Street., M.DCCC.LIX.

Physical Description

vi, [ii], 208 p., frontis. (port.): [18] illus.; 167 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - [Text, with illus.]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait is signed as lithographed by Vincent Brooks. No in-text illustration is signed. The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'Edinburgh: Printed By Ballantyne And Company, Paul's Work.' The dedication reads, 'To The Committee And Subscribers Of "The Seddon Subscription Fund," For The Purchase Of Thomas Seddon's Picture Of Jerusalem, Since Presented To The National Gallery, This Memoir of the Artist Is Dedicated By The Editor, In Sincere Gratitude For Their Kind And Successful Exertions.'


A. Staley, The Pre-Raphaelite landscape (2nd.ed., 2001), p.128-40; R. Watkinson, Pre-Raphaelite art and design (1970; 2nd. ed. 1990), p.136-44; MaryAnne Stevens, ed., The Orientalists: Delacroix to Matisse [Royal Academy exhibition catalogue] (1984), no.227; G.P. Landow, 'William Holman Hunt's letters to Thomas Seddon', in Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library, 66 (1983-4), p.139-72.

Summary Note

As the Preface explains, the work consists largely of letters written by Thomas Seddon, with just such connective passages as will make the narrative intelligible. The chapters are listed as, I. Early Life And Business Career; II. Commences His Course As An Artist; III. Residence At Dinan, And Departure For The East; IV. Egypt; V. The Pyramids; VI. Journey To Palestine; VII. Letters From Jerusalem; VIII. Return To England, And Exhibition Of Pictures; IX. Second Eastern Journey, And Death; Lecture On Egypt And The Holy Land. Seddon died in Egypt, of dysentery, in 1856. The frontispiece is an uncaptioned portrait, presumably of Thomas Seddon. The in-text illustrations show drawings of views and incidents in Egypt and Palestine. They include drawings of the artist under a sun-shade, painting a picture of the Pyramids (p.63), and of his servant disappearing into a hole in the ground (p.64).

Binding Note

19th-century green cloth-covered boards, blind-stamped decoration on upper and lower covers; spine lettered 'Memoir And Letters Of The Late Thos. Seddon, Artist.'

Name as Subject


Artists - Painters - Great Britain - London - Egypt - Palestine - Israel - History - 19th century
Biography - Memoirs - Letters - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century