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Sir Joshua Reynolds' Notes And Observations On Pictures, Chiefly Of The Venetian School, Being Extracts From His Italian Sketch Books; Also, The Rev. W. Mason's Observations On Sir Joshua's Method Of Coloring. And Some Unpublished Letters Of Dr. Johnson, Malone, And Others. With An Appendix, Containing A Transcript Of Sir Joshua's Account Book, Showing What Pictures He Painted And The Prices Paid For Them. Edited By William Cotton, Esq.

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA

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Variant Title

Notes and observations on pictures
Extracts From Sir Joshua Reynolds' Journal And Sketch Book
Anecdotes Of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Chiefly Relative To His Manner Of Coloring
Copy of an account book in the handwriting of Sir Joshua Reynolds
Account book


London:: John Russell Smith, 36, Soho Square., M.DCCC.LIX.

Physical Description

xii, 107, [3] p., frontis., [1] pl.; 220 mm. (Quarto.)


[Blank leaf, frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Introduction - [Text, with one pl.]; [colophon] - [Publishers' advertisement].

Responsibility Note

Neither plate is signed.

In the Preface the editor states that Mason's Observations and the letters by Johnson, Malone and others were transcribed by J. Mitford.

The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'London: Printed By F. Pickton, Perry's Place, 29, Oxford Street.'

The work is dedicated by 'The Author' to Stephen Poyntz Denning, Esq., Keeper Of The Dulwich Gallery of Paintings.

Summary Note

The texts carry the following titles: 'Extracts From Sir Joshua Reynolds' Journal And Sketch Book'; 'Anecdotes Of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Chiefly Relative To His Manner Of Coloring. By W. Mason, The Poet. Copied by the Rev. J. Mitford ...'; 'Appendix. Miscellaneous Letters, Transcribed From The Originals By The Rev. J. Mitford'; 'Copy Of An Account Book In The Handwriting Of Sir Joshua Reynolds'.

The frontispiece and the plate facing page 27 reproduce drawings (presumably by Sir Joshua) of Italian paintings.


The loose front endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'Library of the Royal Academy presented by the Editor'.

Binding Note

19th-century puce cloth-covered boards, upper and lower covers having blind-stamped borders; rebacked in 1990, white spine-label lettered 'Joshua Reynolds - Notes On Pictures'.

Name as Subject


Painting - Paintings, Italian - Italy - History
Painting - Painters - Artists - Colour - Colouring - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Art criticism - Art history - Biography - Memoirs - Letters - Great Britain - 18th century


William Mason, Anecdotes Of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Chiefly Relative To His Manner Of Coloring
William Cotton, editor, previous owner, donor
Stephen Poyntz Denning, dedicatee
John Russell Smith, publisher
F. Pickton, printer
John Mitford, editor