The British Institution 1806 - 1867 A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their work from the foundation of the Institution
Published by George Bell and Sons, London, 1908
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A copy of the Scarce British Institution, with notes from the author. Scarce First Edition Bound in quarter leather with green cloth boards The book has been inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper as shown above. Also included is a note from Algernon Graves to the same person that the book was given to, dated 24th February 1904. The note discusses an 'unpleasant discovery' made by Graves about a portrait. It is on notepaper headed Henry Graves & Co., which was the publishing company that Graves inherited from his father in 1892. Algernon Graves (1845 - 1922) was an art sales and art exhibition documenter who created reference sources that began the modern discipline of provenance research. He was born in Pall Mall, London, the son of Henry Graves (1806?1892) a publisher of prints, and Mary Squire (d. 1871). During a period of recovery following an injury, Graves had the idea of creating a catalogue of art that was exhibited in London, from his extensive lists of artists and their works that he had compiled while working on other projects. In 1884 he published the first edition of his idea, entitled "A Dictionary of Artists who have Exhibited Works in the Principal London Exhibitions from 1760 to 1880". A second edition followed in 1885 and a third in 1901. In 1899, Graves and William V. Cronin issued the first volume of their work on Sir Joshua Reynolds, which they sold by subscription. In 1900, a book on Sir Thomas Lawrence by Lord Gower (1845-1916) included a catalogue by Graves. The British Institution (in full, the British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts under the Patronage of His Majesty; founded 1805, disbanded 1867) was a private 19th-century club in London formed to exhibit the works of living and dead artists. Unlike the Royal Academy it admitted only connoisseurs (rather than practising artists) to its membership. In its gallery in Pall Mall the Institution held the world's first temporary exhibitions of Old Master paintings, which alternated with exhibitions of the work of living artists. From 1807 prizes were given to artists who painted the best companion pieces to works by Old Masters on display at the gallery. Bound in quarter leather with green cloth boards. There is some mild wear to the extremities including bumping and some loss to the leather at the top and tail of the spine. The front board is attached by the cords only and may detach in the post. The binding is a little loose. Internally the pages are generally bright and clean with the odd spot, and some mild spotting to the first and last couple of pages. Overall the condition of the book is good because of the strained front hinge only. Good. Seller Inventory # LTH11-F-7
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Title: The British Institution 1806 - 1867 A ...
Publisher: George Bell and Sons, London
Publication Date: 1908
Book Condition: Good
Signed: signed by author
Edition: First edition.
Book Type: book
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