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Memoirs Of Painting, With A Chronological History Of The Importation Of Pictures by the Great Masters Into England Since The French Revolution. By W. Buchanan, Esq. Vol. I. (II.)

William Buchanan

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London:: Printed For R. Ackermann, Strand., 1824.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 222 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xvi, 364 p. - Vol. II: [iv], 397, [1] p.


Vol. I: [Half t., t.p.] - To The Amateurs Of The Fine Arts - Introduction - [Text] - Appendix - Contents To Vol. I. - Index To Vol. I.; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Half t., t.p.] - [Text] - Corrigenda [of vols. I and II] - Contents To Vol. II - Index To Vol. II; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the half-title versos and in the colophons: 'London: Printed By Thomas Davison, Whitefriars'.


W. Buchanan, William Buchanan and the nineteenth-century art trade: 100 letters, ed. H. Brigstocke (1982); F. Hermann, The English as collectors (1972); C. Clark, 'In search of Buchanan', in Scottish art review, 12:4 (1968), p.27-9.

Summary Note

In his text Buchanan discusses the following topics: Volume I: Schools of painting - The Orleans gallery: the Italian part purchased by Bryan for the Duke of Bridgewater and Lds. Gower and Carlisle, the Flemish part with Slade's information - The state of art in Britain between Charles I and the institution of the Royal Academy with subsequent progress - Calonne collection - Collection of Trumbull - Of Bryan - Of Greffiers Fagel - Vitturi collection. - Volume II: French invasion of Italy and subsequent dispersions - Collections of Day, Udney, Ottley - Altieri Claudes - Collections of Robit purchased by Bryan for S. Clarke and G. Hibbert - Of Sir Wm. Hamilton - Of Alexander Gordon, formed by Mr Irvine - Buchanan's importations from Italy, and letters from Irvine - Collections of Sloane, Fagan, Crawford, Erard - Delahante's importations - Wilson's importations - Buchanan's importations from Spain , and letters from Wallis - Le Brun collection - La Fontaine's collection, 1811 - Sebastiani and Crochart collections - Collection of Lucien Bonaparte - Buchanan's importations from France, the La Perriere collection - Talleyrand collection - Buchanan's purchases in Flanders and Holland - His tour of Germany - Gallery of Aynard - Collection of Morel de Vindé - Remarks on Buchanan's importations and the formation of a National Gallery.

Copy Note

Both volumes have marginal annotations in ink.

Binding Note

19th-century half green calf, marbled-papered boards; black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Memoirs Of Painting - Buchanan'.

Name as Subject


Paintings, European - Collecting - Importing - Dealers - Europe - Great Britain - France - Italy - History - 19th century
Collections - Europe - Great Britain - France - Italy - 18th century - 19th century
Art history - Memoirs - Biography - Great Britain - 19th century


Rudolph Ackermann, publisher
Thomas Davison, printer