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The History Of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Graving; And Of those who have Excell'd in them: In Three Books. Containing their Rise, Progress, Decay, and Revival; With an Account Of the most considerable Productions of the best Artists in all Ages: And how to distinguish the true and regular Performances, from those that are otherwise. - By P. Monier, Painter to the French King, and Professor of Painting, and Sculpture in the Royal Academy at Paris. -

Pierre Mosnier

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[Histoire des arts qui ont rapport au dessin., English.]


London:: Printed for T. Bennet, at the Half-Moon; D. Midwinter, and T. Leigh, at the Rose and Crown, and R. Knaplock, at the Angel in St. Paul's Church-Yard., MDCXCIX.

Physical Description

[30], 192, [16] p., frontis.; 180 mm. (Octavo.)


[Frontis., t.p.] - The Preface - The Contents - Errata - [Text] - A Table Of The Names of the Artists mentioned in this History - [Publishers' advertisements].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is unsigned.


ESTC, R16358
B. Teyssèdre, Roger de Piles et les débats sur le coloris au siècle de Louis XIV (1957), p.604-5.

Summary Note

Pierre Mosnier first published this work in French in 1698 as Histoire des arts qui ont rapport au dessin. He had been appointed assistant professor of the Académie Royale (afterwards Institut de France) in 1678, and professor in 1686.

The frontispiece is captioned, 'Designing is the Father of Arts'.

The Table Of The Names of the Artists is followed by three publishers' advertisements: 'Books Printed for Thomas Bennet, Book-seller, at the Half-Moon in St. Paul's Church-Yard' [n.d.], 'Books Printed for Dan. Midwinter and Tho. Leigh, at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard' [n.d.] and 'Books Sold by R. Knaplock, at the Angel and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard' [n.d.].


A microfilm copy was published in 1962 (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms).


A preliminary leaf is inscribed in ink, 'Bequest of Sr A.W. Callcott'. The frontispiece is inscribed in ink, 'Jame Barry'. The title page, the last page of the Preface and the first page of the main text are inscribed in ink, 'Eliz(abeth) Donnelly'. The Preface is inscribed in ink, 'Theo [illegible], 1757'.

Copy Note

The title page and the frontispiece have been pasted in. Page 32 is inscribed in ink with a long footnote. The last page is inscribed in ink, '[illegible] the fest of St. Dominic [illegible] very religiously'.

Binding Note

18th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Moniers Hist Of Painting'.

Name as Subject


Design - Drawing - Painting - Art - Theory
Art - Design - Drawing - Painting - Europe - History
Lectures - Art history - France - 17th century
Lectures - Art history - Translations from French - Translations into English - Booksellers' advertisements - Great Britain - 17th century


Thomas Bennet, publisher
Daniel Midwinter, publisher
Thomas Leigh, publisher
Robert Knaplock, publisher
Sir Augustus Wall Callcott RA, previous owner, donor
James Barry RA, previous owner
Elizabeth Donnelly, previous owner
France - Institut de France