Record number 05/161
Author Murphy, James Cavanah, 1760 - 1814
TitleThe Arabian Antiquities Of Spain. By James Cavanah Murphy.
ImprintLondon:: Published by Cadell & Davies, Año J.C. MDCCCXIII. Año Heg. MCCXXVIII.
Physical Description[2], 21, [1] p., t.pl., 97 [i.e. 98] pl. (1 dble.); 659 mm.
Physical Description NoteThere is a bis pl. 8. In addition pl. 78 appears to be composed of two coppers; pl. 79, of four; pl. 83, 84, of six each; pl. 85, of seven. The double pl. is pl. 12. Plate 44 does not carry a number.
Content Format Note[T.pl.] - Introduction - A Table Of The Plates - [Text; publisher's advertisement] - [Plates].
Summary NoteThe publication-date of June 1st. 1815 is carried by the title-plate and all plates. The title plate carries the date of 1813 within the plate; and there is one headpiece, which carries the date of April 28th 1812.

Plates and text describe the mosque at Córdoba (pl. 1-9) and Alhambra and the Generalife at Granada (pl. 10-97).
Responsibility NoteThe title plate and all other plates are signed as drawn by J.C. Murphy, except plates 8, 11, 35, 83, 97. Most are signed by an engraver - J. Roffe (19 pl.); J. Le Keux (12 pl.); H. Le Keux (10 pl.); E. Turrell (8 pl.); J. Shury (6 pl.); J. Neagle (6 pl.); S. Porter (t.pl. and 5 pl.), J. Warner (3 pl.); S. Rawle, J. Fittler, J. Walker, J. Taylor, J. Landseer, G. Cooke, W. Woolnoth, Armstrong, F.R. Hay, W. Angus, J. Byrne, J. Lee (1 plate each). Sixteen plates do not carry an engraver's signature.

Each plate - and the title-plate - carries the imprint of Cadell and Davies, with the date (June 1st 1815).

The one headpiece is unsigned by draughtsman or engraver, but carries the imprint of Cadell and Davies, and the date (April 28th 1812).
SubjectArchitecture, Arab - Mosques - Spain - Córdoba - History - 9th century - 10th century
Architecture, Arab - Interior decoration - Fortresses - Palaces - Spain - Andalucia - Granada - Alhambra - Generalife - History - 13th century - 14th century - 15th century
Art history - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 19th century
ReferencesRIBA, Early printed, 3 (1999), no. 2220, p.1197-8.

On the reception of Arab styles see J. Sweetman, The oriental obsession (1988); Tonia Raquejo, 'The "Arab cathedrals": Moorish architecture as seen by British travellers', in Burlington magazine, 128 (1986 August), p.555-63; M. Darby, The Islamic perspective: aspects of British architecture and design in the nineteenth century (1983).
Binding Note19th-century half red morocco, marbled-papered boards; rebacked in 20th century, retaining earlier spine-piece, lettered 'Murphy's Arabian Antiquities Of Spain'.
ProvenanceIn 1816 Council first resolved, and afterwards rescinded the resolution, to purchase this work for the Library (RAA Council Minutes, V, 307, 308, 1816 August 9). In 1839 Council again resolved to buy it.
Contributors Roffe, John, 1769 - 1850, engraver
Le Keux, John, 1783 - 1846, engraver
Le Keux, Henry, 1787 - 1868, engraver
Turrell, Edmund, 1835, engraver
Shury, John, fl. 1801?-1848?, engraver
Neagle, James, 1765 - 1822, engraver
Porter, Samuel, fl. 1792?-1842?, engraver
Warner, J., fl. ca. 1809 - 1815?, engraver
Rawle, Samuel, 1775 - 1860, engraver
Fittler, James, A.R.A., 1758 - 1835, engraver
Walker, John, fl. 1784-1802, engraver
Taylor, J., fl. ca. 1815?, engraver
Landseer, John, A.R.A., 1761 - 1852, engraver
Cooke, George, 1781 - 1834, engraver
Woolnoth, William, ca. 1770 - 1836?, engraver
Armstrong, Cosmo, 1781 - 1836, engraver
Hay, Frederick Rudolph, 1784 -, engraver
Angus, William, 1752 - 1821, engraver
Byrne, John, 1786 - 1847, engraver
Lee, John, 1781 - 1858, engraver
Cadell, Thomas, the younger, 1773 - 1836, publisher
Davies, William, 1764 - 1820, publisher
Murphy, James Cavanah, 1760 - 1814, draughtsman
Cadell and Davies (London). publisher
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