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SMIRKE, Robert (1780--1867)
Specimens of continental architecture. By Robert Smirke, Junr. F.A.S.
London: printed by T. Bensley; and sold by J. White; and R. Faulder, 1806.
[2], ii, 4 p., VIII engr. pl. (3 aquat., 6 hand-col.) ; 55.1 cm. (2º)

All published. Part I of a projected larger work begun by the architect Robert Smirke junior, son of the Royal Academician and painter of the same name, on his return from a grand tour taking in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Sicily and Greece between September 1802 and January 1805. The plates depict palaces in Caserta, Genoa, and Vienna. Smirke was briefly a pupil of Soane's in 1796--7, and his premature removal from Soane's office led to enmity in their subsequent careers. See Darley, Soane, pp. 137--8.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in ink, top right on the upper wrapper Geo. Dance Esqr, and on the printed title-label By R. Smirke Junr. Copy 2: 57.7 cm. Inscribed in ink, top right on the upper wrapper J:T: Groves Esqr. John Thomas Groves (c. 1761--1811) was the son of John Groves, master-bricklayer, and succeeded Soane as Clerk of the Works at Whitehall, Westminster and St James's. This is probably the copy purchased by Soane at Christie's sale, 23 March 1813 (q.v.) for 8s. in lot 113 with a copy of Brettingham's Plans, elevations and sections of Holkham in Norfolk, 1773 (q.v.).

Binding Both copies stitched within brown paper wrappers, buff paper spine, upper wrapper with printed title-label reading 'Specimens Of Continental Architecture. Part I.'.

Reference Number 6710


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