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BRITTON, John (1771--1857)
Catalogue raisonné of the pictures belonging to the most honourable the Marquis of Stafford, in the gallery of Cleveland House. Comprising a list of the pictures, with illustrative anecdotes, and descriptive accounts of the execution, composition, and characteristic merits of the principal paintings. By John Britton, F.S.A.
London: printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme; and for the author, 1808.
viii, 147, [11] p., [2] pl. ; 23.2 cm. (8°)

According to Britton, the Marquis of Stafford was the first nobleman in London to open his picture gallery to the public, which he did in May 1806. John Young, Keeper of the British Institution, also prepared a catalogue of the Cleveland House collection in 1825. Marquis of Stafford (1758--1833), who proceeded to invest much more in its completion. The name was changed to Stafford House. In 1833, the Marquis of Stafford was created first Duke of Sutherland, then died later in the year. The final page advertises other books by Britton; some copies also have an additional unnumbered final leaf advertising vol. I of The architectural antiquities of Great Britain, 1807--26 (q.v.).

Copy Notes Copy 2: 23.1 cm.
Copy 3: 22.4 cm. With the additional final leaf of advertisements.

Binding Copy 1: C19th polished calf, gilt roll-tool borders, gilt-ruled spine, maroon spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 3s. 6d., 5 December 1827. (Archive 7/10/17, book binding.) Matching the binding of the copy of Britton's A brief memoir, 1825 (q.v.), that Britton presented to Soane in October 1825.
Copy 2: C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 2s. 3d., 5 December 1829. (Archive 7/10/17, book binding).
Copy 3: Original blue paper boards, printed paper spine-label.

Reference Number 1780


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