Catalogue of the Earl of Radnor's Collection of Pictures. By Helen Matilda, Countess of Radnor
by (RADNOR, Jacob Pleydell-Bouverie, 6th Earl)
Four plates of floor plans of Longford Castle. 60 pp. 8vo, orig. tan printed wrappers. [London: Chiswick Press]; "To be Obtained from the Housekeeper, Longford Castle," 1910. "Third edition, edited and revised by William Barclay Squire, F.S.A."; this is the most complete record of the collection. Radnor (1868-1903), was a prominent Conservative politician and his mother Helen Matilda Chaplin (1846-1929) helped compile this catalogue. The collection began with the father-son pair of Sir Jacob de Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone (1694-1761), and William, 2nd Viscount and later 1st Earl of Radnor (1725-76). The former purchased more than 100 pictures, including works by Holbein, Moroni, and Poussin. Some of the paintings featured in this catalogue now reside in the National Gallery, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Poussin's The Adoration of the Golden Calf also went to the National Gallery in 1945, while his The Crossing of the Red Sea resides in the National Gallery of Victoria. William Barclay Squire (1855-1927), was an important scholar of music and a librarian. The catalogue lists 222 pictures, 104 family portraits, and 47 miniatures, which are all arranged by their location in Longford Castle. Most are described with biographical information on the subject or artist. There is an index of painters at the end. The floor plans show Longford Castle in 1678 and 1898, highlighting the added rooms and features. Fine copy. Inscription on title-page: "Cynthia, 18 June 1955.".
(Inventory #: 6060)
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