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TAYLOR, TOM, (ED.), - Life of Benjamin Robert Haydon,

. Historical Painter, from his Autobiography and Journals. Second Edition. Three volumes, London, 1853; xvi, 419, viii, 407, viii, 419 pp. AN EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPY with TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS BY HAYDON and very numerous plates from contemporary and Victorian sources, mostly portraits; early 20th century brown half morocco over cloth boards, spines gilt in compartments with raised bands; plates to Volumes I and II damp-stained, mostly in the margins, a few light marginal pencil marks. Today Haydon is better remembered for his remarkable diary and tragic end than for the historical painting he tried desperately to promulgate. His writings are replete with anecdotes, of contemporaries, artistic and others, records of encounters and friendships, and trenchant, if controversial, criticisms and judgements. The two four-page, signed autograph letters date from 1840, and both explain and repeat his profound opposition to artistic academies in general and the Royal Academy in particular. His campaign on this subject is famous, or notorious: one could hardly hope to find any letters more characteristic and typical - except for the fact that his forceful character seems to have been expressed in practically everything he wrote on. The first two volumes have been exposed at some early time to damp: the heavy paper of the plates added to these two volumes has stained in consequence, but mostly in the margins. Many of the plates were window-mounted, and it is then ususally only the mounts that display marks; the text in these volumes dried out and is not stained, though it is very slightly rippled at the outer edge. Volume III, which also contains plates, as well as the two letters, has not been exposed to damp and is unaffected. The plates comprising the extra illustrations are the usual mixture for the time of binding of mostly steel-engraved, or copper-engraved, portraits and views, usually relating to the text opposite which they are bound in, some common, some scarce or very scarce. It would be hard now to assemble such a document of English art in the early 19th Century.
GBP 1200.00 [Appr.: EURO 1516.75 US$ 1868.71 | JP¥ 221783] Book number IS002118

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