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WATELET, Claude Henri (1718--1786)
Dictionnaire des arts de peinture, sculpture et gravure. Par M. Watelet, de l'Académie Françoise, honoraire de l'Académie royale de Peinture & Sculpture; & M. Levesque, de l'Académie des Inscriptions & Belles-Lettres, aggrégé à l'Académie des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Petersbourg. ...
A Paris chez L.F. Prault, imprimeur, 1792.
5 vols ; 19.5 cm. (8º)
I: [4], lii, 656 p.
II: [4], 648 p.
III: [4], 780 p.
IV: [4], 675, [1] p.
V: [4], 834 p., [1] fold. letterpress table.

Having contributed several articles to the Encyclop-édie, Watelet began work on a dictionary of painting, sculpture and engraving. After his death his friends printed the articles up to 'Conférence' thinking that the rest of the work was also finished and ready for publication, which it was not. The completion of the Dictionnaire was undertaken by the etcher, Pierre Charles Levesque (1736--1812) and is his best known work.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for £1 5s. on 21 December 1816. (Spiers Box).

Binding C18th mottled calf, blind-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, tan and olive spine-labels.

Reference Number 3555


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