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Painting, And The Fine Arts: Being The Articles Under Those Heads Contributed To The Seventh Edition Of The Encyclopædia Britannica, By B.R. Haydon, Esq And William Hazlitt, Esq.

Benjamin Robert Haydon

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Encyclopaedia Britannica


Edinburgh:: Adam And Charles Black, North Bridge, Booksellers To Her Majesty., MDCCCXXXVIII.

Physical Description

[4], 227, [1] p.; 200 mm. (Duodecimo.)


[T.p.] - [Text] - [Colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the title page verso and in the colophon: 'Edinburgh: Printed by Balfour and Jack.'


S. Jones, Hazlitt (1989); J. Barrell, The political theory of painting from Reynolds to Hazlitt (1986).

Summary Note

These two articles first appeared in the 1824 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Hazlitt's article, 'The Fine Arts', is largely an attack on Sir Joshua Reynolds's concept of the Ideal as set out in his Discourses: Hazlitt's theory is that Art is first and last the imitation of Nature.

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Painting'.

Name as Subject


Art - Arts - Fine arts - Painting - History
Art history - Art criticism - Essays - Great Britain - 19th century


William Hazlitt
Adam Black, publisher
Charles Black, publisher
Andrew Balfour, printer
Andrew Jack, printer
A & C Black, publisher
Balfour and Jack (Edinburgh), printer