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Rhymes On Art; Or, The Remonstrance Of A Painter: In Two Parts. With Notes, And A Preface, Including Strictures On The State Of The Arts, Criticism, Patronage, And Public Taste. By Martin Archer Shee, R.A. The Second Edition, With An Additional Preface And Notes.

Sir Martin Archer Shee PRA

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Variant Title

Remonstrance Of A Painter


London:: Printed For John Murray, 32, Fleet Street; And John Harding, 36, St. James's Street., 1805.

Physical Description

lxv, [iii], 112 p. 62 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., t.p.] - Preface - Preface To The Second Edition - [Text]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the title-page verso and colophon: 'C. Whittingham, Printer, Dean Street.'

Summary Note

In the Rhymes Shee argues for national patronage of artists. The first edition had been issued earlier in the same year. The Rhymes were well received; and made their contribution to the climate of opinion which led to the founding of the British Institution in 1807.

A third edition was published in 1809; and was continued by Shee's Elements Of Art (1809).


A front endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'To Miss Timno, This little volume, is very respectfully presented, as a small tribute of esteem and friendship from her very faithful humble servant Martin Archer Shee - Cavendish Square December 2d 1805'.

The half-title is inscribed in ink, 'J. H. Smith Caradoc Lodge Church Stretton' and in pencil, 'Sir Martin Archer Shee President of the Royal Academy B.1770 D 1850 J.HS.' [This is probably in the hand of the artist John Homes Smith, Gilbert Stretton's grandfather.]

Bequeathed by G. B. Stretton, 1949.

Binding Note

19th-century red morocco, upper and lower covers having gilt-stamped borders; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Shee's Rhymes On Art' and 'Lond. 1805.'


Art - Arts - Aesthetics - Painting
Art - Arts - Patronage - Great Britain - History - 19th century
English poetry - Didactic poetry - Art criticism - Great Britain - 19th century


John Murray, publisher
Charles Whittingham, printer
John Harding, publisher
Sir Martin Archer Shee PRA, previous owner
Miss Timno, previous owner
John Homes Smith, previous owner
Gilbert Bakewell Stretton, previous owner, donor
John Halphead Smith, previous owner