Record number 04/3329
Author British Museum. Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities
TitleA Description Of The Collection Of Ancient Terracottas In The British Museum : With Engravings
ImprintLondon :: Printed By W. Bulmer And Co. Cleveland Row; And Sold At The British Museum; And By G. And W. Nicol, Booksellers To His Majesty, Pall-Mall., 1810.
Physical Descriptionvii, [1], 39, [1] p., 40 pl. (incl. 2 dble. pl. and 38 pl. carrying 79 numbered images): t.p. vignette; 337 mm. (Quarto.)
Content Format Note[Half-t., t.p.] - Introduction [by Taylor Combe] - [note on t.p. vignette] - Ancient Terracottas No.I(-LXXIX) - [Plates].
Summary NoteThe publication-date of 1810 is given on the title-page and on each plate. A title variant appears on the half-title, 'A Description Of Ancient Terracottas'.

Most of the British Museum's collection of ancient terracottas had been assembled by Charles Towneley, who had acquired much of it from the sculptor Nollekens, who had bought a cache of terracottas discovered in a well at Porta Latina in 1765.

The plates show subjects from Greek mythology or decorative motifs. The first, two, double plates are overviews of the Museum's display of terracottas.
Responsibility NoteAll plates are signed as drawn by W. Alexander; and as engraved by Henry Moses, W. Bromley, R. Rhodes, C. Heath, Anker Smith, Neagle, W. Skelton, I. Fittler, A. Cardon, L. Schiavonetti, G. Cooke or Worthington.

The title-page vignette is signed as drawn by W. Alexander and engraved by G. Cooke.

Each plate, and the t.p. vignette, carries the publishers' imprint of the Trustees of the British Museum and the date of publication (June 1. 1810).
SubjectTerracottas, Greek - Terracottas, Roman - History
Collections - Museums - Great Britain - 19th century
Mythology, Greek - Iconography
Catalogues - Great Britain - 19th century 
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century
Name as Subject British Museum. Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities
Binding Note19th-century black half calf, brown paper-covered boards; red morocco spine-labele lettered 'Ancient Terracottas In The British Museum', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1810'.
ProvenancePresented to the Academy by the British Museum and acknowledged 1811 January 23 (RAA CM IV, 272, 1811 Jan 23).
Variant TitleDescription Of Ancient Terracottas
Contributors Combe, Taylor, 1774 - 1826
Alexander, William, 1767 - 1816, draughtsman
Bulmer, William, 1757 - 1830, printer
Nicol, William, fl. 1800after 1855, bookseller
Nicol, George, 1740? - 1828, bookseller
Moses, Henry, 1808? - 1870, engraver
Bromley, William, A.R.A., 1769 - 1842, engraver
Rhodes, Richard, 1765 - 1838, engraver
Heath, Charles, 1785 - 1848, engraver
Smith, Anker, A.R.A., 1759 - 1819, engraver
Neagle, James, 1765 - 1822, engraver
Skelton, William, 1763 - 1848, engraver
Fittler, James, A.R.A., 1758 - 1835, engraver
Cardon, Antoine, 1772 - 1813, engraver
Schiavonetti, Luigi, 1765 - 1810, engraver
Cooke, George, 1781 - 1834, engraver
Worthington, J., fl. ca. 1810 - 1831?, engraver
British Museum. publisher. previous owner. donor
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