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The Life And Works Of Musgrave Lewthwaite Watson, Sculptor. By Henry Lonsdale, M.D. With Illustrations.

Henry Lonsdale

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: George Routledge And Sons, The Broadway, Ludgate., 1866.

Physical Description

xi, [1], 244 p., [12] pl. (incl. frontis.): illus.; 219 mm. (Octavo.)


[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents - Photographic Illustrations - [Text, and plates]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

In his Preface Lonsdale states, 'Of the photographic negatives, seven were taken by Mr. Scott, of Carlisle; the Eldon and Stowell by Messrs. Hill and Saunders, of Oxford; the Outcasts by Mr. Carrick, of Regent Circus; and the Sarpedon, Flaxman, and City Frieze, by Mr. Ayling, Oxford Street, London, who printed and mounted the whole series.'

He also states that the in-text woodcuts were 'selected from Watson's sketches' (the last is signed, 'M.L. Watson') and 'rendered by W.J. Linton.'

The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'London: R(ichard). Clay, Son, And Taylor, Printers.'

The work is dedicated by Henry Lonsdale to George Gill Mounsey.


The context is described in B. Read, Victorian sculpture (1982).

Summary Note

The twelve unnumbered plates are mounted photographs. They are uncaptioned, but show a portrait of Watson and eleven of his works and are listed under 'Photographic Illustrations' as: [1] Medallion portrait of Watson; [2] Jolly Friars; [3] Chaucer; [4] Outcasts; [5] Sarpedon; [6] City Frieze; [7] Eldon and Stowell Monument; [8] Cameron Monument; [9] The Sweep; [10] Flaxman Statue; [11] Man's First Sacrifice; [12] Lucifer and Cain. Watson's most celebrated work - the posthumously-completed bronze relief of The Battle of St Vincent, at the foot of the Nelson Column, Trafalgar Square - is not shown.

The in-text illustrations (chapter tailpieces) are stated in the Preface to be woodcuts showing a selection of Watson's sketches.

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth-covered boards, upper cover having gilt-stamped borders, lower cover borders stamped in blind; spine lettered 'Life & Works Of M.L. Watson Sculptor By Dr. Lonsdale.' The rear pastedown carries a printed label reading 'Bound By Leighton Son And Hodge'.

Name as Subject


Sculptors - Artists - Sculpture - Statues - Monuments - Public sculpture - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Biography - Art history - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Photographs - Photomechanical prints - Great Britain - 19th century


George Routledge, publisher
Musgrave Lewthwaite Watson, source artist
George Gill Mounsey, dedicatee
Mr. Scott, photographer
Mr. Carrick, photographer
Stephen Ayling, photographer
William James Linton, wood-engraver
George Routledge and Sons, publisher
Hills & Saunders, photographer
Richard Clay (London), printer
Leighton, Son and Hodge, binder