Record number 07/1980
TitlePainting Illustrated In Three Diallogues, Containing some Choice Observations upon the Art. Together with The Lives Of the Most Eminent Painters, From Cimabue to the time of Raphael and Michael Angelo. With an Explanation of the Difficult Terms. -
ImprintLondon: Printed by John Gain, for the Author, And are to be Sold by Walter Kettilby, at the Bishop's Head, in St. Paul's Church-Yard., M.DC.LXXXV.
Physical Description[38], 375, [1] p. (irregularly numbered); 224 mm. (Quarto.)
Physical Description NoteThe ESTC describes the work as beginning with [38] unnumbered pages. The numbered pages are numbered irregularly, as follows: 1-127, [blank], 125-132, 129, 134, 135, 132, 133, 138, 139, 136-139, 141, 140, 142-364, 165, 366, 367, 365, 365-368, 169, 370-375, [blank].
Content Format Note[Imprimatur, t.p.] - The Epistle Dedicatory - [Dedic.] - The Preface - The Contents of this Work - An Explanation Of Some Terms of the Art of Painting - [Text]. (Note: in some copies the leaf carrying the dedication is bound in before 'The Epistle Dedicatory'.)
Summary NoteThe author is not named on the title-page but The Epistle Dedicatory is from William Aglionby.

Aglionby argues for the status of painting as not a mechanic but a liberal art, and laments the interruption of the development of painting in Britain caused by the Civil War. As well as analysing the practice of painting he discusses the means of making informed judgments about art. As for 'The Lives', he says in his Preface that they 'are all taken out of Vasari'.

The work was printed again in 1719 as Choice observations upon the art of painting. Together with Vasari's Lives of the most eminent painters ... .
Responsibility NoteThe work includes 'The Epistle Dedicatory' by William Aglionby, and dedication leaf 'To The Right Honourable William Earl Of Devon, Baron Cavendish Of Hardwick, Knight Of The Bath, And Lord Lietenant Of Darby, &c.'
SubjectPainting - Theory
Painters - Artists - Italy - History - Renaissance
Treatises - Dialogues - Art criticism - Biography - Great Britain - 17th century
ReproductionsA facsimile was printed ca. 1972 (Portland, Or.: Collegium Graphicum).
ReferencesESTC R204285
L. Salerno, 'Seventeenth-century English literature on painting', in Journal of the Courtauld and Warburg Institutes, 13 (1951).
Copy NoteImperfect: lacks the first, unnumbered leaf (imprimatur).
Binding Note17th-century calf, upper and lower covers blind-stamped with panel decoration; rebacked in 20th century, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Painting Illustrated'.
Contributors Gain, John, fl. 1681 - 1687, printer
Kettilby, Walter, before 1656 - 1711, bookseller
Aglionby, William, 1705
Devonshire, William Cavendish, 1st Duke of, 1641 - 1707, dedicatee
Vasari, Giorgio, 1511 - 1574, Vite
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