Art & Architecture

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Art & Architecture encompasses a broad sweep of material, from early works concerning architecture and architectural history, and books and manuscripts on the fine arts and aesthetics, antiquities and archaeology, to pattern and design books, and private press books and fine bindings. The department also handles original artwork, artistic archives, posters, and propaganda material.

  1. PFYFFER VON WYHER, Ludwig.

    Panorama oder Zirkel-Aussicht vom Rigi Berg. Guide des voyageurs sur le mont Righi.

    Lucerne, bey Xaver Meyer, 1820.

    Fine panorama of the 360 degree view from the Rigi Mountain in Switzerland. The panorama map also has 4 individual views engraved in the corners: view of the mountain from the valley; view of the cottage at the highest point, view from a higher mountain down to the Rigi mountain; and larger scale map....

    £850

  2. POPE, Arthur Upham, and Phyllis ACKERMAN, editors.

    A survey of Persian art from prehistoric times to the present . . . Published...

    London and New York, Oxford University Press, 1938–9.

    First edition. ‘During the 1930s, the study of Iranian art and architecture was promoted intensively, and the widely held view that Iran had been the cultural centre of the Muslim world reached a climax. The pertinent events of the decade can hardly be understood without reference to Arthur...

    £2750

  3. PORCELAIN PAINTS CASE.

    Black folding linen case containing a set of 98 glass vials filled with original powder pigments for painting...

    [Germany, c. 1880s].

    An unusual survival. This is a porcelain painter’s over glaze pigment case which contains a wide variety of colours. The numbered vials presumably enabled the craftsman to follow a pre-determined colour scheme corresponding to a numbered master diagram which indicated which hues were to be applied where.

    £1500

  4. REZZONICO, Carlo.

    Castone della Torre di.  Discorsi accademici del conte … segretario perpetuo della R. Accademia delle Belle Arti. 

    Parma, [Bodoni], 1772.

    First and only edition of an exquisite little product of the Bodoni house: Count Rezzonico’s reflections on the fine arts, including a dissertation on the techniques of woodcut and engraving.  The Neo-Classical aesthetics that inform this work are reflected in the illustrations, masterfully executed...

    £700

  5. ROLAS DU ROSEY, Carl.

    Die Kupferstiche, Handzeichnungen und Kunstbibliothek ... deren erste Hälfte Montag, den 13. Juni 1864 [-...

    Leipzig, Rudolf Weigel, 1864.

    Sale catalogue of the print and drawing collection assembled by the Prussian general Baron Rolas du Rosey (d. 1862). In all 7160 lots were sold. The prices achieved were moderate.

    £250

  6. ROUSE, James and Elizabeth.

    Rouse’s Scraps of Sussex. [London] Fulham, drawn and published by James Rouse, drawn and engraved...

    An uncommon set of charming topographical aquatint views. James Rouse (1773-1840) worked together with his wife, Elizabeth; on one sheet he calls himself a ‘drawing master’. The views show landscapes but delight more often in capturing rural life, cottages, small villages, churches, ruins, abbeys,...

    £950

  7. RUSSELL, John.

    Elements of painting with crayons. The second edition, with additions.

    London, printed for J. Wilkie, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard; J. Walter, at Charing Cross; and R. Bishop, Newport-Street, 1777.

    Second corrected and enlarged edition of the most comprehensive contemporary record of pastel technique in Great Britain.

    £1250

  8. [SALON DE 1850.]

    Explication des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artists vivants exposés...

    Paris, 1850.

    Catalogue for the Salon of 1850, the exhibition of contemporary French artists in Paris. The submissions of architectural drawings get the most detailed treatment although the first medal in the architecture section was not awarded.

    £75

  9. [SANDBY, Thomas Paul, the younger.]

    Trade card advertising the services of ‘T. Sandby Junr., St. Georges Row Oxford Street, terms...

    [London], published by T. Sandby Junr, Georges Row, May 1791.

    A rare advertising card for drawing lessons by Thomas Paul Sandby, son of Paul Sandby. The design is one of the very few ephemeral pieces drawn by the painter Benjamin West.

    £750

  10. THENOT, Jean Pierre.

    Vollständige Anweisung zur Aquarellmalerei und zum Tuschen ... 1. Heft (all published).

    Leipzig, Kirchner, 1837.

    First German edition, originally published the preceding year in Paris. A charming watercolour manual.

    £350

  11. [TRIMMER, Sarah].

    A series of prints of Roman History, designed as ornaments for those apartments in which children receive the...

    London, John Marshall, 1789.

    First edition. Sarah Trimmer was an educational reformer, and philanthropist, being particularly interested in the education of the poor. She was a keen advocate of the didactic use of pictures, as exemplified in the present work, which is the third in a series of six series of prints on different topics...

    £125

  12. TURNER, Joseph Mallord William.

    Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England, from drawings made principally by J.M.W. Turner...

    London, published by John and Arthur Arch … Printed by W. Nicol …, 1826.

    First edition. Originally published in parts between 1814 and 1826, this is the 1826 re-issue in two volumes with the plates arranged geographically from Kent to Somerset. Turner provided forty watercolours for the project. This was a companion piece to the earlier published Rivers of England, and reproduced...

    £2500

  13. VIAS, Balthasar de.

    In clarissimum virum Nicolaum Claudium Fabricium de Peiresc ... Epicedion.

    Marseille, apud Claudium Garcin, 1642

    First edition of Balthasar de Vias’ elegant neo-Latin elegy commemorating the life of his friend the scholar, antiquary and collector Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637) of Aix en Provence, the most learned man of his time.

    £3250

  14. [VILLAMENA, Francesco].

    A street fight in Rome. A fan leaf drawing.

    [Italy, late 18th century].

    A fine fan leaf drawing, Italian school, late 18th century, copied from a print by Francesco Villamena of c. 1601. It depicts a street fight between Spanish and French factions in Rome with a view of the villa Mattei in the background. The original copper engraving by Villamena was dedicated to the patron...

    £2200

  15. VOLOSHIN, Maksimilian Aleksandrovich.

    O Repine [On Repin] …

    Moscow, “Ole-Lukoie”, 1913.

    First edition thus: three pieces written earlier in the year and published in journals on the work of Ilya Repin (1844–1930), often regarded as Russia’s national artist. At the end is an extract from a lecture (1885) by Landtsert on the painting ‘Ivan the Terrible and his Son’. Voloshin (1877–1932)...

    £450

  16. WAAGEN, Gustav Friederich.

    Verzeichnis der Gemälde-Sammlung des Königlichen Museums zu Berlin.

    Berlin, 1837.

    Sixth edition of Waagen’s catalogue of the Berlin picture gallery, with fifteen new paintings.

    £150