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STRANGE, Sir Robert (1721--1792)
An inquiry into the rise and establishment of the Royal Academy of Arts. To which is prefixed, a letter to the Earl of Bute. By Robert Strange, ...
London: printed for E. and C. Dilly; J. Robson, and J. Walter, 1775.
vi, [2], 141, [1] p. ; 17.8 cm. (8º)

An attempt to defend the art of engraving against the low opinion in which it was held by the Royal Academy. Strange was an engraver known for his reproductions of European painting (q.v.) who fell into disfavour with the Earl of Bute after turning down a poorly recompensed commission to engrave his portrait in 1758. Soane bought a collection of his engravings at Christie & Manson's Strange sale in March 1834 (q.v.). Includes letters in Latin and Italian with English translation. The leaf after p. vi is the errata leaf. ESTC t13021.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on title-page John Soane. Bound (2) with J. Bannister, A view of the arts and sciences, from the earliest times to the age of Alexander the Great, 1785 (q.v.).

Binding C18th half sprinkled calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, black morocco spine-label reading 'Bannister/ On The/ Arts'. Bound by Edward Lawrence for 1s. 6d. in 1802. (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 3370


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