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Opie, John

Lectures on painting, delivered at the Royal Academy of Arts : with a letter on the proposal for a public memorial of the naval glory of Great Britain … to which are prefixed, a memoir by Mrs Opie, and other accounts of Mr.Opie’s talents and character.

London, Longman (etc) 1809.

Reference: 11557
Price: £295 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. vi + (2) + 81 + (3)(first of which is numbered 80*) + 166 + (3) + pp 172-186 (complete thus), mezzotint portrait frontispiece of Opie, 9 plates with etched portraits of Old Master painters by J. Girtin (printed with coloured backgrounds), 1 other plate with etched portrait of William Hogarth. Heavy offsetting to facing leaves from frontispiece and from portrait of Hogarth (as often), slighter offsetting from other plates. Plate of Hogarth and following page also somewhat spotted and soiled, and lower blank outer corner of pp 103-4 missing or torn away, but a respectable copy nonetheless. Contemporary quarter red morocco, marbled boards. worn at outer corners. Nineteenth century armorial bookplate of William Gordon of Fyvie. Also pencil ownership inscription of “J.Copland, artist”.

Commemorative volume devoted to the history painter and portrait painter John Opie (1761-1807), including a memoir of him by his wife, tributes to him by professional colleagues, and the texts of the series of four lectures delivered by him shortly before his death in his capacity as Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy.