Wyatt, Matthew Digby
Fine art. A sketch of its history. theory, practice, and application to industry being a course of lectures delivered at Cambridge in 1870.
London and New York, Macmillan & Co 1870.
8vo. viii + 375 + (1)pp. Publisher’s cloth (but a binding done for the Macmillan firm c.1900 ?), a little worn. Printed label inside front cover recording that copy was presented by Surrey Education Committee to a pupil at Kingston School of Art, January 1909. Recent label of George and Hilary Semmens.
First and only edition of these lectures delivered by Matthew Digby Wyatt in his capacity as the inaugural Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Cambridge University. Sir Nicholas Pevsner, a subsequent Slade Professor, was not impressed by them (see his biography of Wyatt), but they are of some historical importance as the first lectures on the fine arts as such to have been delivered at Cambridge, and for including two pioneering lectures on “industrial art”, ancient and modern. Wyatt also delivered three lectures each on architecture and sculpture, four lectures on painting, and one introductory lecture on the fine arts in general, all printed in full here.