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Peintures De Vases Antiques Vulgairement Appelés Étrusques Tirées De Différentes Collections Et Gravées Par A. Clener Accompagnées D'Explications Par A. L. Millin Membre De L'Institut Et De La Légion D'Honneur Publiées Par M. Dubois Maisonneuve Tome Premier (Second)

RA Collection: Book

Record number



À Paris: De L'Imprimerie de P. Didot L'Ainé, M D CCC VIII (- M D CCC X)

Physical Description

2 vols.; 576 mm. (Broadsheet.)

General Note

Vol. I: [6], xx, 124 p., engr. t.-pl., 72 pl. (pl. 25-27 are dble.). - Vol. II: [2], 146 p., engr. t.-pl., 78 pl. (pl. 3, 4 are fold., pl. 43 is dble.).


Vol. I: [Half-t., t.pl., dedic.] - Avertissement De L'Editeur [Dubois Maisonneuve] - Introduction À La Connoissance Des Vases Peints - Description Des Vases [on pl. 1-72] - [Plates]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.-pl.] - Description Des Vases [on pl. 1-78] - Table Générale Des Matières; Errata - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

No plate is signed. The RIBA catalogue states that several were copied by Clener from unpublished plates prepared by J.H.W. Tischbein for the Collection of engravings from ancient vases ... now in the posession of Sir Wm. Hamilton (1791-7).

The three headpieces are also unsigned.

The dedication in Volume I is from Dubois-Maisonneuve to 'L'Impératrice-Reine' (as the volume is dated 1808, this must refer to Napoleon's first consort, Josephine).


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2143, p.1145-6.

A. Greifenhagen, 'Nachklänger griechischer Vasenfunde im Klassizismus (1790-1840)', in Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen, new ser. 5:1 (1963), p.84-105.

On the work of the printer Pierre Didot see C.M. Osborne, Pierre Didot and French book illustration 1759-1822 (1985).

Summary Note

The plates show outline drawings of the designs on the vases. The subjects are taken from ancient Greek mythology or ancient Greek social life.

Some copies were issued with hand-coloured plates.

Quèrard states that the work was first published in 25 livraisons; and that a second edition was published in four parts in 1816, but Brunet states that this was a reissue of the first edition with cancel title-leaves.


15 July 1814: 'Produced a Work entitled 'Peintures de Vases Antiques' which the Secretary [i.e. Henry Howard RA] submitted to the Council as deserving their notice - the Price 25 G.s - Resolved that the same be purchased for the Library- moved by Mr. Westmacott, seconded by Mr. Wilkie & passed Unanimously.' (RA Council Minutes V, 169-170).

Copy Note

In Volume II a second copy of plate 26 has been bound in.

Binding Note

19th-century half calf, red watered-papered boards; rebacked and recornered in 20th century, retaining red morocco spine-label lettered 'Peintures De Vases Antiques', spine lettered 'Tom. I. (II.)'.


Vases, Greek - Vase paintings, Greek - Vases, Etruscan - History
Mythology, Greek - Greece - Social life and customs - History - Iconography
Pictorial works - France - 19th century