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SOTHEBY AND SON, Messrs.
[Sale catalogue. 1830:06:25--28]
Splendid books and books of prints. Catalogue of the library of the late Sir Thomas Lawrence, president of the Royal Academy; to which is added, the valuable library of a gentleman; including ... an extraordinary collection of works relative to the Royal Academy, and to the fine arts, ... &c. &c. Which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Sotheby & Son, Wellington Street, Strand, on Friday, June 25th, and three following days, ...
[London]: [1830].
36 p. ; 23.3 cm. (8º)

John Britton bought three lots for Soane at the Lawrence sale on 26 June 1830: lot 813, two volumes of catalogues of Royal Academy exhibitions to 1810 (q.v., copy 1) and those of its precursor, the Society of Artists (q.v.), for £19 5. 0d.; lot 815, a volume of printed and MS. reports of exhibitions 1777--1818 [actually 1821], for £6 17s. 6d.; and lot 820, a volume of printed and MS. criticisms of Associates 1776--1813, for £5 17s. 6d. Britton received Soane's payment of £32 for the three lots on 8 July 1830. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.7.4).

Copy Notes The sale catalogue is tipped in at the front of an album containing a collection of miscellaneous papers and press cuttings relating to Soane and taking its title from the satirical skit The Modern Goth (q.v.); the volume corresponds to lot 571 on the second day's sale and bears the ownership inscription of Joseph Farington. Some items in the first day's sale are marked in pencil with initials; lot 196 (Flaxman's lectures) is annotated Resold wants plate 18. £3.3. Most items in the second day's sale are annotated in pencil with the prices fetched, including lot 571, £6 10s. This lot is also marked x in ink, as are the three lots purchased by Britton on Soane's behalf on the third day; the prices paid by Britton are also inserted in pencil, possibly in a curatorial hand. The presence of Farington's ownership inscription in the set of catalogues forming lot 813 as well as in the 'Modern Goth' album may have led George Bailey, Soane's assistant and the first curator of the Museum, to identify the unnamed 'Gentleman' on the title-page whose library was being sold with Lawrence's as Joseph Farington R.A., but there is no other evidence to support this assertion as Farington died in 1821 and it seems likelier that Lawrence was an intermediate owner of the volumes in question. It is also not clear at what point the 'Modern Goth' album came into Soane's possession, as it is not recorded among Britton's purchases at the Lawrence sale.

Binding C19th half calf, gilt-ruled and gilt-lettered spine, marbled-paper boards, upper cover with paper label lettered in ink 'The / Modern / Goth'. The leaves of the album watermarked 'H SMITH / 1810'.

Reference Number 6829


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