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ASSOCIATION OF ENGRAVERS
[Engravings from the pictures of the National Gallery. Prospectus]
Prospectus of a series of line engravings, from the pictures of the National Gallery. Under the patronage of the king, and with the special sanction of his majesty's government. The undersigned engravers, persuaded that collectively they could enter into ... arrangements ... which individually they could not accomplish, have formed themselves into an association, and commenced the work which they now ... announce. ...
[London]: [1828].
[4] p. ; 23.2 cm. (4º)

Drop-head title, p. [4] blank. Dated in text: June 1828. The 'Members of the Association' are identified (with their London addresses) as: John Burnet, George Cooke, George T. Doo, William Finden, Edward Goodall, John Le Keux, Henry Le Keux, John Pye and John H. Robinson. According to this prospectus 'The work will be Folio, composed entirely of highly-finished Line Engravings, with Letterpress Descriptions, in French and English, and will correspond in size with the "Musée François" and the "Galerie de Florence"' and appear in annual parts each containing four plates. The first part, promised 'early in the season of 1829', was to consist of 'The Adoration of the Shepherds' by Burnet after Rembrandt; 'The Village Festival' by Finden after Wilkie; 'An Italian Sea-Port' by Goodall after Claude; and 'Portrait of Gevartius' by Doo after Van Dyck. The subscription price was 5 gns. per part for proof impressions on india paper, 4 gns. for proofs 'on French Paper' and 2 gns. for ordinary prints. Also, 'a few Unlettered Proofs will be taken', these being reserved presumably for the very earliest subscribers.

Copy Notes In a covering letter dated 28 June 1828 (Priv. Corr. XVI.G.4.48) inviting Soane to join a highly select group of 'Autograph Subscribers up to June 1828' (p. [3]), John Le Keux claims that the enclos'd prospectus is one / of a few which are privately cir- / culated among the friends of the / members of this association, in order to secure to them early impressions / of the work & previous to the book / for subscribers being open'd to the / public ... Against the words '5 guineas' on p. [2] Soane has written in ink the date 1 July 1828 - probably as a memorandum of the exact date (and hence priority) of his subscription. There is however no copy in Soane's Library of this series which, by the time of its eventual completion in 1840 (three years after Soane's death), contained 28 folio steel-engraved plates. One of the printers involved was James Moyes, who on 17 May 1832 sent Soane one of the Descriptions / in the National Gallery, a work which I am / printing for the Associated Engravers as an example of the manner in / which the French language is printed in my office, but it does not survive in Soane's library. (Priv. Corr. I.M.12.13).

Binding Loose bifolium.

Reference Number 3969


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