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BARRY, James (1741--1806)


An inquiry into the real and imaginary obstructions to the acquisition of the arts in England. By James Barry, ...
London: printed for T. Becket, 1775.
vii, [5], 227, [1] p. ; 23.0 cm. (8°)

With a dedication to George III. The author, a Royal Academician, argues here for the need to promote the genre of history painting in England. Barry died in penury in 1806 at the house of the architect Joseph Bonomi (1709--1808), whose son, the Egyptologist Joseph Bonomi (1796--1878), was the second curator of the Soane Museum between 1861 and 1878. ESTC t92644.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bought at the sale of the late architect and antiquary James Cavanah Murphy (1716--1814) for 2s. on 18 December 1814 with other books and prints to the value of £27, paid by draft dated 19 December. (Spiers Box, Miscellaneous booksellers). Annotated with textual corrections in pencil and ink at pp. 111 and 210, and some marginal marks of emphasis in pencil.
Copy 2: With the printed booksellers' paper label of Priestley & Weale inside the front board, and a textual correction in ink at p. 210.

Binding Copy 1: C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-rule and gilt-tooled spine with sunburst motif, red morocco spine-label.
Copy 2: C18th quarter sprinkled calf, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label, marbled-paper boards.

Reference Number 1635


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