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The Literary Works Of Sir Joshua Reynolds, First President Of The Royal Academy. To Which Is Prefixed, A Memoir Of The Author; With Remarks On His Professional Character, Illustrative Of His Principles And Practice. By Henry William Beechey. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. (II.)

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: T. Cadell, Strand; Blackwood And Sons,, Edinburgh.: 1835.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 163 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: viii, 463, [1] p., frontis. (port.). - Vol. II: [iv], 495, [1] p.


Vol. I: [Frontis. (port.), t.p., dedic.] - Contents Of The First Volume; Errata In Vol. I - Introduction - Memoir Of Sir Joshua Reynolds - [Text]; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - Contents Of The Second Volume - [Text] - General Index; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as painted by C.G. Stuart and engraved by E. Scriven.

It carries the publisher's imprint of T. Cadell and the date (May 15. 1835).

The printer is named on the title-page versos and in the colophons: 'London: Printed by A. Spottiswoode, New-Street-Square.'

The publication is dedicated by Henry W. Beechey 'To The President, And Other Members, Of The Royal Academy'.

Summary Note

The first volume contains Beechey's Memoir and Reynolds's Discourses I - VIII; the second, Reynolds's Discourses IX - XV, three essays from 'The Idler', Journey to Flanders and Holland, and his annotations on A.C. Dufresnoy's Art of Painting.

The frontispiece of Volume I shows the portrait of Reynolds by Gilbert Charles Stuart.


Presented by the author in 1835 (acknowledged RA Council Minutes, VIII, 171).

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spines, black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Reynolds Works - Beechey', spines numbered 'I' and 'II'.

Name as Subject


Art - Painting
Artists - Painters - Great Britain - 18th century
Lectures - Art criticism - Art history - Great Britain - 18th century
Biography - Art history - Great Britain - 19th century


Henry William Beechey, Memoir Of Sir Joshua Reynolds
Thomas Cadell the younger, publisher
Andrew Spottiswoode, printer
Gilbert Stuart, source artist
Edward Scriven, engraver
Henry William Beechey, previous owner, donor
Royal Academy of Arts (London), dedicatee
Blackwood and Sons (Edinburgh), publisher