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CAREY, William Paulet (1759--1839)
Desultory exposition of an anti-British system of incendiary publication, &c. intended to sacrifice the honor and interests of the British Institution, the Royal Academy, and the whole body of the British artists and their patrons, to the passions, quackeries, and falsehoods of certain disappointed candidates for prizes at the British Gallery and admission as Associates into the Royal Academy. Respectfully addressed to the British Institution, the artists, and amateurs of the United Kingdom, by William Carey.
London: printed by W. Glindon, for the author, 1819.
xii, 349, [3] p. ; 22.7 cm. (4°)

An exceedingly long-winded retort to an attack on Carey published in the Annals of the fine arts (Carey's so-called 'Liber Falsitatis') on 1 April 1818. Carey's anonymous attacker had accused him of colluding with the artist to "puff" Benjamin West's painting 'Death upon a Pale Horse', and of generally "trampling" on Benjamin Robert Haydon in order to curry favour with West, who was at the time both president of the Royal Academy and one of the directors of the British Institution.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title. Uncut.

Binding Original C19th grey paper-covered boards backed in brown paper, later paper spine-label inscribed in ink.

Reference Number 4066


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