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Thoughts On The Relative Value Of Fresco And Oil Painting, As Applied To The Architectural Decorations Of The Houses Of Parliament; Read At The Friday Evening Meeting At The Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, March 4, 1842. By B.R. Haydon, Historical Painter.

Benjamin Robert Haydon

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Henry Hooper, Pall Mall East., 1842.

Physical Description

[4], 41, [1] p.; 218 mm. (Octavo.)


[T.p., dedic.] - [Text]; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the title-page verso and in the colophon: 'London: Printed By G.J. Palmer, Savoy Street(, Strand).'

The work is dedicated 'To Barry The Architect'.


J. Barrell, The political theory of painting from Reynolds to Hazlitt: the body of the public (1986); M.H. Port, ed., The Houses of Parliament (1976); E. George, The life and death of Benjamin Robert Haydon (1967).


The front pastedown is inscribed in pencil 'S:A:H', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth-covered boards; no lettering or decoration.

Name as Subject


History painting - Oil painting (technique) - Frescoes - Techniques - Palaces - Public buildings - Great Britain - London - Palace of Westminster - History - 19th century
Lectures - Great Britain - London - 19th century