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CHRISTIE, James, the younger (1773--1831)
[Sale catalogue. 1805:05:17--20]
A catalogue of that magnificent and truly valuable collection of pictures, the productions of the great artists of the British school, known as the collection of The Shakspeare Gallery, formed under the spirited directions, and with unbounded expence, by those distinguished promoters of the fine arts, the Messrs. Boydell's. ... Among the spirited performances of living genius, are the King Lear, by Mr. West, and various by Barry, Northcote, Opie, Tresham, Fuseli, Hoppner, Smirke, Stophard, Peters, Rigaud, Westall, Boydell, A. Kauffman, and that admirable set of cabinet pictures, The Seven Ages by Mr. Smirke; basso relievos, by the Hon. Mrs. Damer; and the grand alto relievo, the Apothesis of Shakspeare, by the late Thomas Banks, Esq. R. A. ... The whole will be sold by auction, by Mr. Christie, on the premises, on Friday, May 17, 1805, and two following days, ... by order of the proprietor, without reserve. ...
[London]: J. Smeeton, printer, 1805.
12 p. ; 27.0 cm. (4º)

Lugt 6951. See Robin Hamlyn, 'The Shakespeare Galleries of John Boydell and James Woodmason' in: Shakespeare in Art, Jane Martineau et al. (London: Merrell, 2003), pp. 97--101. Soane bought lot 31 of the second day's sale, James Durno's large painting Falstaff in disguise, which now hangs on the staircase to the first floor of the Soane Museum, just before the Shakespeare Recess; and lot 8 of the third day's sale, William Hamilton's The landing of Richard II at Milford Haven, which hangs in Soane's Picture Room (SM Inv. P147). The sale fetched a total of 10237½ guineas, including 4400 guineas for the premises (see copy notes below).

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on title-page European Magazine 1805. The price of each lot inscribed in ink and occasionally in pencil as well, with the totals for each day and for the sale of the premises added together at the end. Lot 31 of second day's sale (p. 7), James Durno, 'Falstaff in disguise', is inscribed Self and 9 guineas; lot 8 of the third day's sale (p. 9), William Hamilton, 'Richard the Second's Return from Ireland' is similarly inscribed with price guineas. Folded to fit and bound (4) in a pamphlet volume with a manuscript of Extracts from various Authors / relating to the parish of Chertsey / in the County of Surry / August / 1814 and two other catalogues.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-rule spine, black spine-label lettered 'Parish Of Chertsey &c &c'. Numbered '55' in a series of pamphlet volumes. Bound by George Richmond for 2s. 6d., 6 April 1853. (Curatorial Papers/Bailey/Parcel 1).

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