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CONCISE INTRODUCTION ...
A concise introduction to the knowledge of the most eminent painters. By which every lover of the art of painting may instantly know the names, the years, and places of the birth of above two thousand four hundred of the most celebrated artists, ... and also the subjects painted by each artist; the master under whom he studied; and the age at which he died. Intended to instruct ... those gentlemen and connoisseurs, who either travel abroad for the improvement of their taste, or intend to view the curious collections in these kingdoms.
London: printed for T. Cadell, bookseller and printer to the Royal Academy, 1778.
[124] p. ; 18.6 cm. (8° in 4s)

Anonymous. With a half-title (sig. B1) and a final page of bookseller's advertisements. ESTC n5171.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on verso of second front free-endpaper Edited by Beckford / of Fonthill / :2s:6d. This endpaper bears the watermarked date '1808'. The misattribution to Beckford of this entirely straight-faced tabular guide to famous painters is probably due to a false association with his Biographical memoirs of extraordinary painters, a jeu d'esprit published anonymously two years later (q.v.).

Binding Early C19th mottled sheep, paper spine-label lettered in ink 'Beckford / Painters'.

Reference Number 1969


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