Record number 05/3405
Author Bryan, Michael, 1757 - 1821
TitleA Biographical And Critical Dictionary Of Painters And Engravers, From The Revival Of Art Under Cimabue, And The Alledged Discovery Of Engraving By Finiguerra, To The Present Time: With The Ciphers, Monograms, And Marks, Used By Each Engraver; And An Ample List Of Their Principal Works. Together With Two Indexes, Alphabetical And Chronological. To Which Is Prefixed, An Introduction, Containing A Brief Account of the Painters of Antiquity. By Michael Bryan. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. (II.)
ImprintLondon:: Printed For Carpenter And Son, Old Bond Street; J. Booker, New Bond Street; And Whittingham And Arliss, Paternoster-Row., 1816.
Physical Description2 vols.; 242 mm. (Quarto.)
Physical Description NoteVol. I: [ii], xlix, [i], 709, [3] p., frontis. (port.), 5 pl. - Vol. II: [iv], 822, [2] p.
Content Format NoteVol. I: [Half-title, frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Introduction - Authorities Which Have Been Consulted For This Work - A Brief Explication Of Some Of The Terms Used In The Art - [Plates] - [Text] - Alphabetical Index To The First Volume; [colophon] - Errata in Vol. I. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - [Text] - Appendix - Alphabetical Index To The Second Volume; Index To Appendix - Chronological Index Of Painters And Engravers; [colophon] - Errata in Vol. II.
Summary NoteBryan began writing his biographic dictionary after his retirement from business. The work was first published in parts from 1813. It remained a standard reference work, undergoing several revisions, throughout the nineteenth century.

The plates show monograms used by engravers.
Responsibility NoteThe frontispiece portrait is captioned, 'Michael Bryan Engraved by W. Haines, from a Miniature by Alexr. Pope.'

The five numbered plates are all signed as engraved by Girtin.

Each has the publishers' imprint of 'Jas. Carpenter & Son & the other Proprietors' and the date 'May 1. 1816'.

The work is dedicated by Michael Bryan to the Prince Regent [afterwards George IV], the Deputy President and Governors of the British Institution.

The printer is named in both colophons: 'Whittingham and Rowland, Printers, Goswell Street, London.'
SubjectArtists - Painters - Engravers - Europe - History
Biographies - Biography - Dictionaries - Biographical disctionaries - Art history - Reference books - Great Britain - 19th century
ReferencesRIBA, Early printed, 1 (1994), no. 451, p.271-2.
Copy NoteThe five numbered plates are bound in in reverse order. Has various marginal notes, in pencil and ink.
Binding Note19th-century quarter green cloth, blue papered boards; white paper spine-labels lettered 'Bryan's Dictionary Of Painters And Engravers - Vol. I. (II.)'.
ProvenanceFront loose endpapers are inscribed in ink, 'Bequest of Sr. A. W. Callcott'.
Contributors Carpenter, James, 1768 - 1852, publisher
Booker, Joseph, fl. 1805-1839, publisher
Whittingham, Charles, 1767 - 1840, publisher, printer
Arliss, John, fl. 1806-18251825, publisher
Rowland, Robert, fl. 1798-1819, printer
George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762 - 1830, dedicatee
Haines, William, 1778 - 1848, engraver
Pope, Alexander, 1763 - 1835, source artist
Girtin, fl. ca. 1805-1816?, engraver
Callcott, Augustus Wall, R.A., 1779 - 1844, previous owner, donor
Whittingham and Arliss. publisher
Whittingham and Rowland. printer
British Institution. dedicatee
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