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LANDSEER, John (1769--1852)
A letter to a member of the Society for encouraging the art of engraving; in objection to the scheme of patronage now under consideration, and written with a view to its improvement, by John Landseer, ...
London: printed for Edmund Lloyd, 1810.
2 pts ; 22.2 cm. (8º)
I: 44, [2] p.
II: [2], 45--74 p.

Includes A second and a third letter to a member of the society for encouraging the art of engraving. By John Landseer, ... with a separate title-page bearing Lloyd's imprint dated 1810; the pagination and register of the text are continuous. In his first 'Letter' Landseer criticises the 'Plan for the Regeneration of the almost dormant Art of Engraving' adopted by a Committee of the Patrons of the Calcographic Society earlier in the year. His addressee was almost certainly the brewer Samuel Whitbread II, M.P. (1764--1815), a leading figure in both the British Institution and the Calcographic Society. For an account of this Society, one of the earliest in Britain to promote the cause of engraving, see John Gage's 'An early exhibition and the politics of British printmaking, 1800--1812', Print Quarterly, VI (June 1989), p.133, and the same author's postscript 'Fresh light on the Calcographic Society', Print Quarterly, IX (December 1992), pp. 369--70. The Second and a third letter are in response to Robert Hunt's hostile review in The Examiner, which is reprinted here in an appendix (pp. 68--74). The final two pages of the first Letter advertise Landseer's written and engraved works, together with other pamphlets published by Edmund Lloyd.

Copy Notes The title-page of the first Letter is inscribed in ink To John Soane Esqre/ with the author's Complts. The title-page of A second and a third letter is faintly inscribed in pencil at the head of the title No55 Baker Street; pasted on the verso is an ALs. from John Britton dated Sunday 4 of clock, apologising for having failed to deliver the pamphlet to Soane's door the previous evening. Bound as items 1--3 in a volume of pamphlets on the arts.

Binding C19th blue paper boards, brown paper spine lettered in ink 'Miscel-/Laneous// Landseer/ Letters// Haydon/ on the/ Elgin/ Marbles/ &c./ &c./ E'. Later numbered '89' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 2585


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