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Practical Essays On Various Branches Of The Fine Arts. To Which Is Added, A Critical Inquiry Into The Principles And Practice Of The Late Sir David Wilkie. By John Burnet, F.R.S. Author Of "Practical Hints On Painting."

John Burnet

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: David Bogue, 86, Fleet Street., M DCCCXLVIII.

Physical Description

[iii-]x, [2], 200 p., frontis.; 195 mm. (12°).


[Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - [Text]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed by D. Wilkie and John Burnet, and carries the imprint of D. Bogue.

The work is dedicated 'in testimony of the author's regard' to Charles Fox.

Summary Note

The text discusses historical painting, portrait painting and 'fancy subjects', compares oil- and water-color, and line-engraving and mezzotinto, and surveys the state of the fine arts in Britain. The author's Preface states that 'The following essays were originally written for a Periodical'.

The frontispiece shows a sketch by Sir David Wilkie.


Purchased for RA Library in 1871 (see 'Library Report for the Year 1871', RA Annual Report, Appendix No. 7, p. 26).

Binding Note

19th-century red cloth-covered boards, upper and lower covers decorated in blind; spine lettered 'Practical essays On The Fine Arts - Burnet.'

Name as Subject


Painting - Engraving - Arts - Great Britain - History
Essays - Art criticism - Great Britain - 19th century


David Bogue, publisher
Charles Fox, dedicatee