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THE CABINET OF MODERN ART ...
The cabinet of modern art, and literary souvenir. Edited by Alaric A. Watts. Second series.
London: published for the proprietor, by Whittaker and Co., 1836.
xvi, 224 p., engr. frontis., add. engr. t.-pl., 22 pl. ; 19.7 cm. (8º)

Published in succession to The Literary Souvenir, and Cabinet of modern art (q.v.), one of numerous literary annuals which became popular in the 1820s and 1830s and were intended to be given as gifts. Watts had presented Soane with a copy of the Literary Souvenir for 1835 on 21 January of that year, seeking his agreement to the dedication of the following year's annual to him. This was granted, and the present annual for 1836 duly has a dedication to Soane. Watts's letter also requested and received permission to have an engraving made from the painting by Francis Danby, 'Scene from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice', but no such engraving appears in this annual; the following December Watts followed up his presentation of the present volume with a letter now preferring an engraving to be made of the Titania of Howard, i.e. Henry Howard's 'The Contention of Oberon and Titania' which hangs in the Breakfast Parlour at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.152). However neither engraving appears in the annual for 1837, after which publication ceased.

Copy Notes Sent to Soane by Watts immediately / on its publication according to the ALs dated 29 December 1835 (see above). The description of the plate of 'The Importunate Author' by G.S. Newton, R.A., depicting a poet and his patron 'of the time of Louis the Fourteenth' is annotated in pencil on p. 196: The "patron" is a portrait of John Martin / the painter of Belshazzars Feast who stood / for figure in the original picture, signed I.M. Martin, i.e. Isabella Mary Martin, niece of the "apocalyptic painter" John Martin (1789--1854) and sister of Jessie Martin, the wife of Joseph Bonomi (Curator, 1861--1878) for whom she kept house after Jessie's death in 1859. After Bonomi's death on 3 March 1878 the Trustees of the Museum (on 6 March 1878) appointed her to act as Curator pro tem pending the election of a new Curator. James Wild was appointed on 18 April 1878.

Binding C19th brown grained binder's cloth, black morocco spine-label, gilt edges.

Reference Number 4658


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