Record number 06/1543
TitleOutlines & Sketches, by Washington Allston. Engraved by J. & S.W. Cheney.
ImprintBoston.: [S.n.], 1850. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by Stephen H. Perkins, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Masachusetts.
Physical Description[1] f., t.pl., [20] pl. on eighteen sheets; 400×540 mm.
Physical Description NoteOf the twenty plates nos. 2-6 are numbered. Each of the pairs 3/4 and 5/6 is carried by a single sheet.
Content Format Note[T.pl.] - [Introductory note] - [Plates].
Summary NoteThe plates are captioned and show: [1-]6. Michael setting the watch (Paradise Lost, IV); [7] Sybil; [8] Dido and Aeneas; [9-12] Jacob's dream; [13] Uriel; [14] Heliodorus (II Maccabees); [15] Fairies; [16] Titania's court (Midsummer Night's Dream); [17] Girl in male costume; [18] Ship in a squall; [19] The Prodigal Son; [20] Prometheus.

After studying in the United States of America Allston enrolled in the Royal Academy schools in 1801, and was elected an Associate of the Academy in 1818.
Responsibility NoteThe captions of plates [1], [9-13] and [15] include a statement that they were made by Allston. None is otherwise signed by draughtsman or engraver.
SubjectChristian art and symbolism
Mythology, Greek - Mythology, Roman
Drawings - United States of America - History - 19th century
Pictorial works - United States of America - 19th century
Bible
Name as Subject Allston, Washington, A.R.A., 1779 - 1843
ReferencesD. Bjelajac, Washington Allston, secret societies and the alchemy of Anglo-American painting (1997); D.B. Dearinger, 'British travelers' views of American art before the Civil War, with an appendix listing travel books', in Amer. A. J., 23:1 (1991), p.38-69; W. Gerdts and T. Stebbins, A man of genius: the art of Washington Allston [exhibition catalogue] (1979).
Binding Note19th-century green cloth-covered boards, upper cover lettered 'Outlines And Sketches. By Washington Allston.'; 20th-century quarter calf, spine unlettered.
Contributors Allston, Washington, A.R.A., 1779 - 1843, source artist
Cheney, John, 1801 - 1885, engraver
Cheney, Seth Wells, 1810 - 1856, engraver
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