Treasures of art in Great Britain: being an account of the chief collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated MSS. &c. &c., (3 Volumes)
by Waagen, Gustav
London: Cornmarket Press, 1970. Reprint of Original 1854 Edition. Hardcover. VG+, clean and tight but art school ex-lib. with usual marks.. All volumes: Teal cloth/boards; gilt lettering. No jackets. Vol. I:  + lx + 430 pp.; Vol. II: v + 503 pp.; Vol. III: vi + 486 pp. + 20 pp. ads. No illustrations in any volume. A bit heavy at 6 pounds and will require extra postage. Translated from the German by Lady Eastlake. "This four-volume work by Gustav Friedrich Waagen (1794-1868), edited and translated by Lady Eastlake (1809-93), was published between 1854 and 1857. As Waagen explains in his preface to the first volume, he had previously published an account of his experiences on his first visit to Britain in 1835, but this new and longer work was addressed primarily to a British audience. It also differs in that the earlier work was more of a general travelogue, whereas these volumes, after an introductory essay, provide a more detailed catalogue - albeit in epistolary form - of works of art in public and private collections. Waagen was crucial to the adoption in Britain of the new approach to art history pioneered by German scholars, and his work is still consulted on matters of provenance and quality. Volume 2 describes the artworks in Buckingham Palace, Apsley House and other private collections in London." (description of the newer Cambridge 4-vol. set, but the content is the same).
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