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The Works Of John Henry Foley, R.A. Sculptor With Critical And Illustrative Notes By W. Cosmo Monkhouse

William Cosmo Monkhouse

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London: Virtue, Spalding, & Co., 26, Ivy Lane Paterrnoster Row, [1875?]

Physical Description

[8], 67, [1] p., 15 pl. (incl. frontis.); 337 mm. (Folio.)

General Note

Most plates are preceded by a leaf carrying a caption on its recto: these leaves are not included in the pagination. The fifth plate ('Innocence') has been transposed to serve as a frontispiece.


[Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Contents - List Of Engravings - The Works Of John Henry Foley, R.A. Prefatory Essay - [Plates and texts] - List Of Works By J.H. Foley, R.A. Exhibited At The Royal Academy [1839-61]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

One plate carries the name of the source-artist, Foley; two carry the name of the draughtsman F.R. Roffe; all carry the name of the engraver (and these names are repeated in the List Of Engravings) - R.(A.) Artlett, W. Roffe, J.H. Baker, G. Stodart, J. Brown, E. (W.) Roffe, T.W. Knight.

Each carries the imprint of Virtue & Co.

The printer is named in the colophon: 'Printed By Virtue And Co., City Road, London'.


E. Gosse, 'Cosmo Monkhouse as an art critic', in Art journal, new ser., 22 (1902).

B. Read, Victorian sculpture (1982); S. Bayley, The Albert memorial (1981); B. Read, 'John Henry Foley', in The Connoisseur, 186 (1974), p.262-71.

Summary Note

The plates and texts show and describe: Ino And Bacchus; Egeria; The Muse Of Painting; The Mother; Innocence (the plate transposed to serve as a frontispiece); Asia; Caractacus; Hampden; Goldsmith; Lord Hardinge; Helen Faucit; Delhi; Grief; The Tomb Revisited; Monument To General The Hon. Robert Bruce. The group 'Asia' (including a figure of 'India') was part of the sculptures of the Albert Memorial (for which Foley also created the statue of Prince Albert).

In 1857 Foley accepted membership of the Royal Academy, but in 1861 ceased exhibiting there, dissatisfied with its provision for the display of sculpture.

Copy Note

The title page is inscribed in pencil '1875'.

Binding Note

19th-century red cloth, lower cover decorated in blind, upper decorated with floral motif and lettered 'The Works Of John Henry Foley, R.A. Sculptor With Illustrative Notes By W. Cosmo Monkhouse'; spine lettered 'The Works Of John Henry Foley, R.A.' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Sculptors - Artists - Sculpture - Great Britain - History - 19th century
Art history - Art criticism - Biography - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century


John Foley RA, source artist
Richard Austin Artlett, engraver
George J. Stodart, engraver
T.W. Knight, engraver
Virtue, Spalding and Company (London), publisher, printer