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Original Unpublished Papers Illustrative Of The Life Of Sir Peter Paul Rubens, As An Artist And A Diplomatist. Preserved In H.M. State Paper Office. With An Appendix Of Documents Respecting The Arundelian Collection; The Earl Of Somerset's Collection; The Great Mantuan Collection; The Duke Of Buckingham, Gentileschi, Gerbier, Honthorst, Le Sueur, Myttens, Torrentius, Vanderdoort, Etc., Etc., Etc. Collected And Edited By W. Noël Sainsbury. (Of H.M. State Paper Office.)

RA Collection: Book

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London:: Bradbury & Evans, 11, Bouverie Street,, 1859. [The Author reserves the right of Translation.]

Physical Description

xxiv, [2], 391, [1] p., frontis., [1] pl.; 220 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - List Of Subscribers - Preface - [Genealogical table] - [Text] - Appendix (A-N) - Index; [colophon] - Errata.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed, 'Day & Son, Lithrs to the Queen.' The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'London: Bradbury And Evans, Printers, Whitefriars.' The work is dedicated by W. Noël Sainsbury to Sylvain Van De Weyer.


N. Penny, ed., Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel [exhibition catalogue] (1985); D. Howarth, Lord Arundel and his circle (1985).

Summary Note

The text consists chiefly of letters, to and from Rubens, B. Gerbier and others, conserved in H.M. State Paper Office (afterwards the Public Record Office, subsequently part of the Great Britain National Archives). It concludes with 'An Inventory Of Pictures Found In The Howse Of The Late Sr Peter Paul Rubens, Knt, After His Death.' The frontispiece shows the arms of Rubens, and is captioned 'Sir Peter Paul Rubens Knt. Certified At The Heralds Office Brussels'. It is lithographed in color. The plate shows various objects in Rubens's collection.

Immediate source of Acquisition

Purchased in, 1867. (See Librarian's Report, RA Annual Report for 1867, p. 26).

Binding Note

19th-century green bead-grain cloth; spine lettered 'The Life Of Sir Peter Paul Rubens - N. Sainsbury'.

Name as Subject


Painters - Artists - Diplomats - Documents - Belgium - Great Britain - History - 17th century
Collections - Great Britain - History - 17th century
Art history - Biography - Letters - Archives - Great Britain - 19th century