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Treasures of Art in Great Britain

Treasures of Art in Great Britain
Being an Account of the Chief Collections of Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Illuminated Mss.
4 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108078900

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  • This four-volume work by Gustav Friedrich Waagen (1794–1868), edited and translated by Lady Eastlake (1809–93), was published between 1854 and 1857. As Waagen explains in his preface to the first volume, he had previously published an account of his experiences on his first visit to Britain in 1835, but this new and longer work was addressed primarily to a British audience. It also differs in that the earlier work was more of a general travelogue, whereas these volumes, after an introductory essay, provide a more detailed catalogue - albeit in epistolary form - of works of art in public and private collections. Waagen (along with Johann David Passavant, whose work is also reissued in this series) was crucial to the adoption in Britain of the new approach to art history pioneered by German scholars, and his work is still consulted on matters of provenance and quality.

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108078900
    • length: 2082 pages
    • dimensions: 220 x 145 x 130 mm
    • weight: 2.3kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Passage to London
    2. Physiognomy of London
    3. The British Museum
    4. Townley Collection
    5. Byzantine Mss.
    6. Anglo-Saxon and English Mss.
    7. German Mss.
    8. Drawings by the Old Masters in the British Museum
    9. Niello plates
    10. The National Gallery
    11. Pictures of the English school in Marlborough House
    12. Works of art at the Royal Academy. Volume 2:
    13. Buckingham Palace
    14. Stafford House
    15. Devonshire House
    16. Lansdowne House
    17. Mr Holford's collection
    18. Pictures belonging to the Marquis of Breadalbane
    19. Apsley House
    20. Drawings by Flaxman in possession of Miss Denman
    21. Collections in the environs of London
    22. Objects of art belonging to the Rev. E. Coleridge. Volume 3:
    23. Stanstead House
    24. Oxford
    25. Winchester cathedral and College
    26. Bath
    27. Birmingham
    28. Edinburgh
    29. York
    30. Chatsworth
    31. Alton Towers
    32. Holkham House
    33. Cambridge. Volume 4: Preface
    1. Supplement to the British Museum
    2. National Gallery
    3. Lord Overstone's collection
    4. Collection of pictures in Kensington Palace
    5. Sir Culling Eardley's collection
    6. Collection of pictures belonging to Rev. Mr Heath
    7. Collection of pictures belonging to Vernon Harcourt, Esq.
    8. Pictures belonging to H. D. Seymour, Esq.
    9. Objects of art in Edinburgh
    10. Alnwick Castle

  • Author

    Gustav Friedrich Waagen

    Editor and Translator

    Elizabeth Eastlake

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