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Patronage Of British Art, An Historical Sketch: Comprising An Account Of The Rise And Progress Of Art And Artists In London, From The Beginning Of The Reign Of George The Second; Together With A History Of The Society For The Management And Distribution Of The Artists' Fund, From Its Establishment In 1810, To Its Incorporation In 1827. Illustrated With Notes, Historical, Biographical, And Explanatory. By John Pye, Landscape-Engraver, Honorary Member Of The Imperial Academy Of Arts, St. Petersburgh. [Epigraph]

John Pye the younger

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Longman, Brown, Green, And Longmans, Paternoster Row., 1845.

Physical Description

viii, 422, 3, [1], 32 p., [1] pl.: illus.;222 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Contents; Errata - [Text] - General Index; [colophon] - [Publishers' advertisements].

Responsibility Note

The plate is signed as painted by A. Morton and engraved by B.P. Gibbon. In-text illustrations are signed as drawn by F. Chantry, W. Mulready, A. Cooper, S. Agar, P. Mulready, and engraved by J.H. Robinson or B.P. Gibbon.

The printers' names are given in the title-page verso and the colophon: 'London: Printed By Moyes And Barclay, Castle Street, Leicester Square.'

The work is dedicated by the Author to Prince Albert and Her Majesty's other Commissioners on the Fine Arts.

Summary Note

The plate shows a portrait of Edward Scriven. Most in-text illustrations are also portraits.


The front pastedown carries the bookplate of Mr. D. Roberts 7, Fitzroy Street, Fitzroy Square, which is inscribed in pencil, 'RA.'

Binding Note

19th-century green ribbed cloth-covered boards; rebacked in 1989 retaining earlier spine-piece lettered 'Patronage Of British Art An Historical Sketch. By John Pye. 1845'.

Name as Subject


Artists - Patronage - Sponsorship - Art and society - Art and state - Government policy - Academies - Societies - Charitable Societies - Great Britain - History - 18th century - 19th century
Art history - Great Britain - 19th century