A Dictionary of Spanish Painters, comprehending simply that part of their biography immediately connected with the Arts; from the Fourteenth Century to the Eighteenth.

London, C. O’Neil, 1833-4.

Two volumes, large 8vo; pp. xv, [1], 280; [2], 308, with four engraved plates; plates lightly foxed, else a very good set in contemporary pebble-grain morocco, gilt tooled panels to a Spanish design, flat spine gilt, all edges gilt; a family copy – ownership inscriptions of Arthur O’Neil to the fly leaves, library bookplates to front pastedowns, a few unobtrusive stamps.

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First edition. The exact identity of the (female) author remains uncertain, but this is a readable and detailed account of the artists of Spain, beginning with a list of the various schools of painters (Valencia, Madrid, Seville), before moving onto individual artists, arranged alphabetically. The biographies contain notes on training, influences and style, and most famous works, and each volume concludes with a list of paintings and their locations.

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