London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
GUERCINO (Giovanni Francesco BARBIERI 1591-1666) – Francesco BARTOLOZZI(1727-1815) and Richard DALTON (c.1715-1791), engravers. [Eighty-Two Prints engraved ... from the original Pictures and Drawings of Guercino in the Collection of His Majesty. London: John and Josiah Boydell, c. 1800.] 2° (502 x 344mm). 82 plates after Guercino by Bartolozzi, Basire, Dalton, Vitalba and others, one plate double-page. (Lacking title-page, double-page plate with margins extended, some plates with light browning, occasional light spotting.) Contemporary mottled calf, flat spine gilt in compartments (front board detached, spine panel worn, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Hugh Lupus, 1st Duke of Westminster (1825-1899).
THE RECORD OF THE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS BY GUERCINO IN THE ROYAL COLLECTION. While on the Grand Tour, the Earl of Bute collected original drawings by the Bolognese artist Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino (1591-1666). These drawings were later presented to George III and entered the Royal Collection. George III's librarian, Richard Dalton, met Francesco Bartolozzi in Italy in the early 1760s. Dalton brought Bartolozzi to London in 1764 to produce engravings after these drawings; other engravers on the project included Dalton himself, James Basire, Giovanni Vitalba and Lady Louisa Augusta Greville. The Boydells subsequently published a second volume titled Seventy-three Prints. Lowndes II, 953. Together with: an album of fifty engravings, most after Guercino.
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