Virtue & Company Limited
RA Collection: People and Organisations
Book and print publishing firm founded by George Virtue (1794-1868) in the 1820s. In 1848 acquired 'The Art Union' which became 'The Art Journal'. In 1855 James Sprent Virtue (1829-1892), who had been working in the New York branch since 1848, took over his father's business and initiated the series of prints after great 'galleries' of pictures including the Royal Collection, Vernon Collection and the Turner Collection. In 1862 another business was opened at 1 Amen Corner, under the name of Virtue Brothers & Company. In 1865, a younger brother, William Alexander Virtue, became a partner in the family's City Road and Ivy Lane businesses. The brothers were also proprietors of Arthur Hall, Virtue & Co. [source: The British Museum Collections online; DNB].
Sir Rutherford Alcock
Art and art industries in Japan - London: 1878
The ceramic art of great britain : from pre-historic times down to the present day ; being a history of the ancient and modern pottery and porcelain works of the kingdom and of their productions of every class / by Llewellynn Jewitt, F.S.A - London: 1878
N. Neal Solly
Memoir of the life of David Cox, member of the Society of Painters in Water Colours : with selections from his correspondence, and some account of his works / by N. Neal Solly ; illustrated with numerous photographs from drawings by the artist's own hand - London: 1873