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WESTMACOTT, Charles Molloy (1787--1868)
The annual descriptive and critical catalogue to the exhibition of the Royal Academy. By Charles M. Westmacott, ... The fifty-sixth. MDCCCXXIV. Containing a separate notice of all works of merit in the present exhibition, a Pindaric address to the academicians, and sketches in the life academy. With notes. To be continued annually. Second edition with additions.
London: published by Messrs. Sherwood, Jones, and Co.: Westly and Parish; and Onwhyn; to be had of all booksellers and newsvenders, [1824].
24 p. ; 23.4 cm. (4º)

First edition: 1823. No more published? At head of title: 'Second Edition With Additions'. With an advertisement at the end 'In the Press, and will be published in a few days, ... British Galleries of Art, Now First Arranged In One Volume, By Charles Westmacott. ... London: Shackwell and Arrowsmith, ...'. The 'Sketches In The Life Academy' in verse begins 'With courtly grace and easy air / We'll take Sir Thomas in the chair ...' and proceeds to characterise many of the leading R.A.s but omits any mention of Soane. Under the 'Library' section, p. 24, ('The Library is particularly rich this year in Splendid Architectural Drawings') only one of Soane's four submissions is described, 838 'View of the Bank of England from the North-West Corner', described as a 'very attractive work, and exhibits a faithful copy of the peculiarities of style for which this talented artist is so celebrated'. Soane's other works this year were 873, 884 and 965. Gandy entered three drawings (841, 844 and 883) and 844 'Imperial Palace for Sovereigns of the British Empire, etc' is praised in the following terms: 'Gandy as usual, stands in the very first degree; his magnificent drawing of an Elevation for an Imperial Palace ... is a work of the proudest consequence, ...'. (See Graves, vol. IV, p. 202, and II, p.199).

Copy Notes Bound in a collection of sale catalogues.

Binding Later C19th half green binder's cloth, marbled-paper boards.

Reference Number 4903


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