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HAYDON, Benjamin Robert (1786--1846)
New churches; considered with respect to the opportunities they offer for the encouragement of painting. By B. R. Haydon.
London: printed by C. H. Reynell, and published by J. Carpenter and Son, 1818.
22 p. ; 22.7 cm. (8º)

Haydon's pamphlet, pleading for greater thought and expense to be given to the painted decoration of churches, was a reaction to a verbal report that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nicolas Vansittart had said "let us build churches first and then think of decorating them afterwards". An extract was reprinted in The Examiner, March 1, 1818. See G. L. Carr, The Commissioners' Churches of London, Ph.D. dissertation, Univ. of Michigan, 1976. vol. I, pp. 107--9.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Several passages underlined in ink and with critical marginal comments, presumably reflecting Soane's views, in the hand of James Spiller, who in 1822 published a Letter to John Soane on the subject of the new churches (q.v.). Bound in a collection of pamphlets.
Copy 2: Bound in a collection of pamphlets.
Copy 3: Imperfect; wanting the dedication leaf to William Hamilton, Esq. Bound in a collection of pamphlets.
Copy 4: Loose pamphlet.

Binding Copies 1 & 2: Bound together in a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.
Copy 3: C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Spiller & Spencer's Address &c &c', numbered '24' in a series of pamphlet volumes.
Copy 4: Pamphlet stitched without wrappers.

Reference Number 2441


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