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PILKINGTON, Matthew (1700?--1784)
[Gentleman's and connoisseur's dictionary of painters. 1770]
The gentleman's and connoisseur's dictionary of painters. Containing a complete collection, and account, of the most distinguished artists, who have flourished in the art of painting, ... To which are added, two catalogues; the one, a catalogue of the disciples of the most famous masters; ... The other, a catalogue of those painters, who imitated the works of the eminent masters so exactly, as to have their copies frequently mistaken for originals. ... By the Rev. M. Pilkington, A.M. ...
London: printed for T. Cadell, (successor to Mr. Millar), 1770.
xxxiv, 723, [3] p. ; 27.2 cm. (4º)

First edition with a dedication to the president and council of the Royal Academy dated 'Dublin, Dec. 2, 1769'. A 'New Edition' was published in 1797, and augmented with a 'Supplement' in 1798 (q.v.). ESTC t144419.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on second front free-endpaper xRx and £1.4s.0d (cropped), probably by the bookseller Thomas Boone.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt roll-tool borders, gilt-tooled spine with dove motifs, green morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 3043


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