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The Works Of Captain William Baillie After paintings And Drawings By The Greatest Masters.

William Baillie

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed For Messrs. Boydell And Co. Cheapside; And H. M'Lean, 27, Castle Street, Leicester Square., (after 1787).

Physical Description

[2], 2 p., [107] pl. (incl. frontis.), on 99 sheets; 530 mm.

General Note

The plates do not carry numbers, but are assigned numbers (1-107) in the 'Catalogue Of Prints'. Plates [22-24] are mounted on one sheet, as are pl. [28 and 29], [30 and 31], [32 and 33], [36 and 37], [100 and 101], [105 and 106].


[Frontis. (port.), t.p.] - A Catalogue Of Prints - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Names of source artists are given with most plates and in the Catalogue of Prints. Most are signed as engraved by W. Baillie and carry a date of publication.


ESTC, N66739
N. Stogdon, 'Captain Baillie and "The hundred guilder print"', in Print quarterly, 13 (1996), p.53-7
D. Alexander, 'Rembrandt and the reproductive print in eighteenth-century England', in C. White et al., Rembrandt in eighteenth-century England [exhibition catalogue](1983)
D. Alexander, Amateurs and print-making in England 1750-1830 [exhibition catalogue] (1983).

Summary Note

No publication-date is given on the title page, but most plates carry publication dates, ranging from 1753 [pl. [24]) to 1786 (pl. [20]). The publishers, 'Boydell And Co.' began styling themselves thus in 1787, when John Boydell took his nephew Josiah as a partner.

The plates show paintings, drawings or prints by Baillie himself (11 pl.) or by Hone (3 pl.), Terburg (2 pl.), Netcher, Rubens (5 pl.), Van Dyke (2 pl.), Rembrandt (17 pl.), G. Dou (7 pl.), Sophonisba Angusciola, F. Mieris, F. Hals, Guido, Zuccharo, A. v. Ostade (9 pl.), S. Rosa, C. Dusart (2 pl.), Geraart, D. Teniers (2 pl.), Valentini, Le Nain, Molinaer, N. Poussin (2 pl.), A. Milani, Domer, W. Van de Velde (3 pl.), Ruisdael, Van Goien (2 pl.), Molyn (3 pl.), Van der Meer, Berghem, Cuyp, Guido (2 pl.), Franceschini (2 pl.), Domenichino, Correggio, Parmigiano (2 pl.), Sabbadini, Luti, B. Schidone, Romanelli, Guercino, Segers, Cipriani, Rottenhammer, Ekhout. For three plates the names of the source-artists are not given.

Baillie became particularly well-known for his prints of Rembrandt's graphic works. In his third copy of Rembrandt's print, 'Three trees' he added forked lightning, and in his last copy extended this to two forks of lightning (see pl. [59]). He owned three Rembrandt plates; and reworked the worn 'The hundred-guilder print' (see pl. [99-102]). (This plate is also known as, 'Christ with the sick around Him receives little children'.)

The 'Catalogue Of Prints' ends with the publisher's price-list for various formats of the work.

Copy Note

All plates have been inscribed in pencil, in an unknown hand, with the number and title printed in the Catalogue Of Prints. In the same hand the title page is inscribed in pencil, 'J.H. Smith Caradoc Lodge, Church Stretton.'

Binding Note

19th-century red morocco, gilt-decorated upper and lower covers; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'Captain Baillie's Works'.

Name as Subject


Paintings - Drawings - Europe - History
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Rembrandt, source artist
Adriaen van Ostade, source artist
John Boydell, publisher
Josiah Boydell, publisher
H. McLean, publisher
Boydell and Company (London), publisher