Aphorisms, Opinions and Reflections of the late Dr Parr. With a sketch of his life. [WITH MANUSCRIPT ADDITIONS BY Charles Francis Bell].
London: Printed for J. Andrews, 1826. 12mo in 6s. pp xii, 192. Frontis present. Attractive full calf, gilt spine, raised bands, contrasting label, all edges gilt, by J. Clarke, with his small stamp to verso of fly-leaf. Edges of boards very slightly rubbed, frontis a little foxed, but very good clean condition overall. Armorial bookplate of Charles Henry Edward Fortnum, book label of Charles Francis Bell. BOUND WITH a manuscript one-page note of Dr Parr by Charles Francis Bell dated 1899, plus several more pages of extracts concerning him. Bell writes Bought at the sale of Dr Fortnum s Book. Dr Parr, the intimate friend of my great-grandfather, the Rev. Edward Forster and of his father Dr Nathaniel Forster of Colchester, lived from 1771 to 1776 in a house which stood on part of the ground later belonging to Hill House, Stanmore, in which lived and died Dr Fortnum, the patron and friend under whose auspices I entered the service of the University of Oxford. Bell goes on to explain that he arranged Fortnum s bequest in the Ashmolean, leaving it to his successor Sir Kenneth Clark, and the University sold the land left to them by Fortnum without waiting for it to appreciate, as it did subsequently greatly. A striking, multiple association, and a most interesting little work. Charles Francis Bell (1871-1966) was made head of the Fine Art Department of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in 1909. Amongst the close friends of his circle were Arthur Evans, Berenson and Sitwell, and he is regarded as being the patron of Kenneth Clark. A discrete homosexual, he was regarded as being one of the most learned of all art historians, and supremely well-connected.
Author PARR, Samuel; Charles Francis BELL; Charles FORTNUM
Publisher London: Printed for J. Andrews
Condition Very Good