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The Deserted Village Of Oliver Goldsmith Illustrated By the Etching Club.

Oliver Goldsmith

RA Collection: Book

Record number





Physical Description

[3], 40 pl.; 583 mm.


[Engr. t.-pl., engr. dedic.] - Illustrations [engr. list] - [Plates I-XL].

Responsibility Note

No numbered plate is signed; but the list, 'Illustrations', names the etchers of each plate. These were T. Creswick, John Bell, C.W. Cope, R. Redgrave, F. Tayler, H.I. Townsend, C. Stonhouse, J.C. Horsley and T. Webster.

The vignette on the dedication-plate is unsigned.

The list 'Illustrations' is signed as 'Printed By Gad & Kenningale'.

The work is dedicated by the Members of the Etching Club to the Queen (Victoria) and Prince Albert.


J. Barrell, The dark side of the landscape: the rural poor in English painting (1983).

On the Etching Club see A. Fredericksen, The Etching Club of London [exhibition catalogue] (2002). Etching Club minutes and accounts (1838-92) are held in the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Summary Note

Each numbered plate is engraved as 'Proof'.

Goldsmith's Deserted Village had first been published in 1770, and dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds.


Presented by The Etching Club in 1842 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, IX, 245).

Binding Note

19th-century half red morocco, red cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'The Deserted Village Illustrated By The Etching Club' and 'R.A.'


Villages - Rural areas - Great Britain - History - 18th century
English poetry - Great Britain - 18th century
Illustrated books - Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century