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TRESHAM, Henry (1750/51--1814)
A rhapsody on antique rings written in Rome.
[Rome?], [1780?].
14 p. ; 25.2 cm. (4°)

Anonymous. Attribution to Henry Tresham and Sir John Coxe Hippisley, Bart. and date of publication from MS. notes in BL copy. Hippisley and Tresham were part of the English circle in Rome in the city in winter 1779/80, during Soane's grand tour. (See Darley, Soane, p. 51 and Ingamells, s.v. Hippisley and Tresham.) Tresham, an artist and dealer who resided in Rome between 1775 and 1789, where he met Soane in the winter of 1779/80 during the latter's travelling studentship in Italy. Tresham later supported Soane's candidacy for the professorship at the Royal Academy; he was one of the artists engaged in Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery project and was engaged also by the Longmans to edit the engravings from the works of the ancient masters in the collections of the British nobility and gentry for their British gallery of pictures, 1818. Tresham's critical acquaintance with the history of the fine arts was very extensive, and he was generally regarded as the highest authority of his day on all matters of vertu. Hippisley was one of the first managers of the Royal Institution and also served it as treasurer. He was a member of the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries and also served as a magistrate in Somerset. He was a proponent of Catholic Emancipation and secured a royal pension from George III for Henry Stuart, Cardinal York, destitute in France at the end of the 18th century. For Soane's associations with Hippisley see A.T. Bolton, The portrait of Sir John Soane, R.A. (London 1927), pp. 26--7, 99; in her biography John Soane: an accidental romantic (London 1999), Gillian Darley confirms that 'no man was to turn up with greater regularity throughout Soane's life than Coxe Hippisley (p. 49). ESTC t4614.

Copy Notes Pencil annotations (not by Soane) on p. 5 and a textual correction in ink on p. 14. Bound (11) in a collection of poems.

Binding C18th half sprinkled calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine, green morocco spine label gilt-lettered 'Poems'. Later numbered '107' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 5449


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