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TRESHAM, Henry (1750/51--1814)
The sea-sick minstrel; or, maritime sorrows. A poem, in six cantos.
London: printed for Richard White, 1796.
vi, 64 p., engr. frontis. ; 29.3 cm. (4°)

Anonymous. By Henry Tresham, part of the English circle in Rome in the city in winter 1779/80 during Soane's grand tour and later a fellow Academician with Soane, first elected as an Associate in 1791 and becoming Professor of Painting in 1807 for two years. His resolution of 4 November 1805, expressing regret that George Dance, the current Professor of Architecture, gave no instruction to the students, helped prepare the ground for Dance's resignation in January 1806 and Soane's election to the office in March of the same year. The sea-sick minstrel, an attack on Robert Anthony Bromley's A philosophical and critical history of the fine arts, 1793--1795 (q.v.), was not the only anonymous poem by Tresham to contain satirical jibes at those who presumed to disagree with Royal Academicians: Hope's garland, 1804 (q.v.), written in retaliation to a pamphlet by Thomas Hope criticising the proposals for new buildings at Downing College, Cambridge made by the President, James Wyatt, was distributed to Academicians on the occasion of Hope being invited to their annual dinner. (See David Watkin, Thomas Hope, 1769--1831, and the neo-classical idea, 1968, pp. 11-12, 266). The frontispiece is engraved by James Fittler after Tresham. ESTC t118522.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, maroon morocco spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 4s. 6d., 5 December 1829. (Archives 7/10/17, book binding).

Reference Number 1514


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