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Memoirs Of The Life Of Sir Joshua Reynolds; With Some Observations On His Talents And Character. By Joseph Farington, R.A. In addition to the Life of Sir Joshua Reynolds, originally prefixed to his Works, by Edmond Malone, Esq., one of his Executors, and now printed separately for the accommodation of the purchasers of the first four Editions.

Joseph Farington RA

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London:: Printed by Strahan and Spottiswoode, Printers-Street; For T. Cadell And W. Davies, In The Strand, Booksellers To The Royal Academy., 1819.

Physical Description

283, [1] p., frontis.; 206 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Pages 269-283 are misnumbered 169-183.


[Half-title, frontis., t.p.] - [Text] - [Publishers' advertisement].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as drawn by J. Farington and etched by Lititia Byrne.

It carries the publishers' imprint, 'London. Published March 15. 1819. by T. Cadell & W. Davies, Strand'.


Farington's 17-volume Diary, edited by K. Garlick and others, was published 1978-98.

Summary Note

The text include's Farington's account of the Reynolds exhibition of 1813 (p.244-59).

The frontispiece shows a view of Plympton, Sir Joshua's birth-place.

Copy Note

The text carries same annotations in ink - chiefly corrections of misprints.

Binding Note

19th-century calf, rebacked in 20th century; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Reynolds - Farington', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1810'.

Name as Subject


Artists - Painters - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Biography - Memoirs - Art History - 19th century