by (LYTTELTON, Charles George, 8th Viscount Cobham)
55 pp. 8vo, orig. tan cloth (extremities slightly rubbed), upper cover gilt with coat-of-arms, t.e.g. London: Chiswick Press, 1900. Presentation copy of this uncommon catalogue listing 169 pictures. From the preface: "The collection of pictures at Hagley Hall mainly consists of family portraits, and of paintings bequeathed in 1687 to Sir Charles Lyttelton by his friend Henry, third Viscount Brouncker. These latter cannot be precisely identified, but in all probability the pictures by Van Dyck, Lely, and others of their time and school, for the most part representing persons of eminence who lived between 1630 and 1680, belonged to this collection." To house the collection, featuring a number of old master paintings, Lyttelton's grandson George, 1st Baron Lyttelton (1709-73), engaged Sanderson Miller to build Hagley Hall in north Worcestershire. It was to be one of the last great Palladian houses built in England. Each picture has a short description and there are frequent notes on provenance. At the end there are indices arranged by subject and painter. Very good copy. Inscribed on the free front endpaper: "Meriel S. Talbot, from the Author Sept. 1900." A 20th-century bookplate has been largely removed, with only the name "Rupert" visible. ❧ ODNB. (Inventory #: 6152)
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