A New Description of the Pictures, Statues, Bustos, Basso-Relievos, and other Curiosities at the Earl of Pembroke’s House at Wilton. In the Antiques of this Collection are contain’d the whole of Cardinal Richelieu's and Cardinal Mazarine’s, and the greatest part of the Earl of Arundel’s...

Salisbury: Printed by Benjamin Collins... sold by R.Baldwin, 1758.

8vo, pp. [8], 107, [1], [2] (blank), with the half-title, and a slip bearing a description of the statues in ‘two painted niches’ pasted on p. 4; last leaves a little spotted but a very good copy in recent half calf, gilt, and marbled boards. Bookplate of Charles Sebag-Montefiore.

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First edition of Kennedy’s guide book to the art collections of Wilton House in Wiltshire, seat of the Earls of Pembroke. This is the first proper guide book to the Wilton House collections. This catalogue is annotated from Pembroke’s own manuscript notes. Contemporaries, like Winckelmann and Horace Walpole, teased Pembroke about some of his more wild attributions. The catalogue nevertheless provides a fascinating picture of early collecting habits.

Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (1664-1732) was the first important English collector of antique sculpture after King Charles I and Lord Arundel. His collecting zeal began with the purchase of the Arundel busts which were dispersed in 1678, followed by at least 23 sculptures from the Mazarin collection, and a large number of busts from the Giustiniani collection in Rome. The purchase of the latter Pembroke only secured against determined competition from Cardinal Albani.

F. Herrmann, The English as Collectors, pp. 96-99.

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