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DECLARATION ...
Declaration issued in the preface to the catalogue, of the British Institution, for April, 1811.
[London]: [1815?].
3, [1] p. ; 32.6 cm. (2°)

Anonymous. Drop-head title. Watermark dated '1812'. On the exposing of modern painters to the presence of the old masters in exhibitions and the threat that some modern painters perceived by this practice (against the '17th Resolution of April, 1805' that 'The Rooms to be shut up during the Time of the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Academy'). The British Institution was formed in 1805 to promote modern British art by holding two annual exhibitions, one of the old masters, the other of contemporary art. The anonymous author, presenting himself as a 'zealous advocate' of the directors' supposed policy of exhibiting poor examples of ancient art in order to form a favourable contrast to modern art, concludes with a final paragraph announcing 'a Catalogue raisonnée [sic]' to be issued 'in the course of a few days', i.e. A catalogue raisonée [sic] of the pictures now exhibiting at the British Institution (q.v.). This was an undated satirical review of the exhibition of old masters mounted by the British Institution in 1815 (q.v.), whence the publication date is taken.

Copy Notes Typographic corrections in ink.

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 5735


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