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BRITTON, John (1771--1857)
An address read before the Society of Architects and Antiquaries of London, at the first meeting of their third session. By John Britton, F.S.A., Hon. Sec., &c.
London: printed by order, 1821.
16 p. ; 24.5 cm. (8°)

The Architects' and Antiquaries' Club, of which Soane was not a member, was established on 7 December 1819. The Address was delivered on 6 November 1821.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on the upper wrapper To John Soane Esqr. from the Author and with an accompanying ALs from Britton to Soane dated 1 December 1821, pasted down on the verso of the front wrapper. The text is underlined by Soane and inscribed in ink in the margins with sarcastic comments betraying his extreme annoyance over the attacks upon him by S.T. Whitwell in The Guardian (20, 27 May and 3 June 1821), which were repeated and defended in John Britton's Magazine of Fine Arts, no.3 (July 1821). He was particularly upset by what he regarded as disloyalty on the part of Britton, his friend, and evidently expected members of the club, particularly Britton, to demonstrate their loyalty by resigning according to an inscription to that effect on p. 15 of the copy of The Architects' and Antiquaries' Club, 1820 (q.v.).

Binding Original printed buff paper wrappers with upper cover reading 'Architects' And Antiquaries' Society. Essay By The Secretary, Nov. 6, 1821.' within a gothic woodcut lozenge.

Reference Number 3332


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