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INCORPORATED SOCIETY OF ARTISTS OF GREAT BRITAIN
A catalogue of the pictures, sculptures, models, drawings, prints, &c. of the present artists. Exhibited in the Great Room of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, ... ( ... Exhibited by the Society of Artists of Great Britain, at the Great Room in Spring-Gardens, Charing-Cross, ...)
[London]: [1760--68].
[9] pts ; 22.9 cm. (4°)

A set of nine catalogues for the annual public exhibition of art first held in 1760 at the rooms of the Society of Arts (later the Royal Society of Arts) by the informal group of artists that had met for several years previously on St Luke's Day at the Foundling Hospital. This was the "first specially organized art exhibition in England" (see R. Paulson, Hogarth: his life, art, and times (1971), II, p. 309). In 1761 the more important artists, resentful of the restrictions imposed by the Society of Arts, exhibited instead at Spring Gardens, calling themselves "The Society of Artists of Great Britain". That society was incorporated by royal charter on 26 January 1765 and thereafter called "The Incorporated Society of Artists of Great Britain". It was a splinter group of deposed directors of the Incorporated Society of Artists that persuaded George III to found the Royal Academy in 1768. The catalogues for 1765--8 were printed for the Society by William Bunce, who also went on to print the catalogue for the first Royal Academy exhibition in 1769. The catalogue of the 1761 exhibition includes a frontispiece and tail-piece designed by Hogarth and engraved by Charles Grignion (see Paulson, op.cit., pp 318--23). The catalogue of the 1762 exhibition has an engraved title-plate. It is found in two editions of which the Soane copy is the later, with several additions (compare ESTC t72122 and t28778). ESTC t28779.

Copy Notes Bought from John Britton after the Lawrence Sale for £19 5s., 26 June 1830. (Priv. Corr.XVI.E.7.4). The copy of the 1760 catalogue, cropped to 20.8 cm and tipped onto stubs, is inscribed in ink on the title-page John Richards, R.A. (i.e. John Inigo Richards, died 1810); and that of 1761 on p. 20 Omitted/ Mr Le Roux,/ 230 a design for ye improvement of St. Stephens/ Walbroke. This run of Society of Artists' exhibition catalogues for the years prior to the foundation of the Royal Academy is inserted at the beginning of a two-volume set of Academy catalogues for the years 1769--1810 (q.v., copy 1) which was bought for Soane by John Britton Sir Thomas Lawrence's sale at Sotheby's on 28 June 1830 (q.v.). An early MS. note tipped in at the front of the first volume states that it had belonged to Sir Thomas Lawrence P.R.A. In addition Jos: Farington, R.A. is inscribed in ink on the front free-endpaper of the first volume, which suggests the probable identity of the original compiler of the set.

Binding C19th calf, rebacked, with the original red morocco gilt-lettered spine labels preserved.

Reference Number 2502


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