Copley's life and paintings (1873 - 1875)

Perkins, Augustus Thorndike

A Sketch of the Life and a List of Some of the Works of John Singleton Copley. [with] Supplement.

Published: Boston : James R. Osgood

Date: 1873 - 1875

Small 4to, pp. viii, 9-134, 1-15, 135-144, half title, title-page printed in red and black, printed on laid paper by T.R.Marvin & son, Boston.

Provenance
Stewart Mitchell (1892-1957) q.v.

Quote
"At this time, 1769, Boston contained a population of about eighteen thousand souls. The Hancock mansion, the De Blois house, [...], all stately buildings standing in extensive gardens, decorated the city. The surrounding country was beautiful and well cultivated, and the fine harbor was ploughed by the cutwaters of numerous vessels from all parts of the world."

Note
"This is an early attempt at a catalogue raisonné of Copley's paintings. The introductory texts include a lengthy memoir on the artist's life and career. The catalogue of Copley's paintings in American collections is arranged alphabetically by the sitter's last name. Individual entries include comments, descriptions of the painting, dimensions and format, biographical information on the sitter, and current location. This is followed by a brief list of Copley's paintings in England known to the author."--IFAR International Foundation for Art Research. And about the Supplement: "There is a supplementary section listing works brought to the author's attention following publication of the earlier volume. It also includes a separate section with corrections to the catalogue."--IFAR

Condition
Very good

Binding
Publisher's green pebbled cloth, leather label gilt (very slightly scuffed), top edge gilt

€35

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