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[Fryer, Edward]: The Works of James Barry, Esq. Historical Painter

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Stock No. 1150BS

2 volumes, 4º (about 280 x 220mm.), London, T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1809.  Sole edition.  Vol. I: portrait frontispiece, pp. vii, 11 plates, 558.  Vol II: frontispiece, 3 plates (the final one folding), pp. 670 + index & corrigenda.  Complete and untrimmed in the original publisher's grey boards, unlabelled (lettered in ms. to spines).  Foxing and staining to many of the plates, but the text quite clean.  The bindings quite solid but wear to outer joints and head of spine of Vol. II missing.  A good unsophisticated set of an important study, scarce in commerce.  Both volumes signed on title-pages by Sir John Hay (1755-1830)

"Reflecting changing perceptions about the status of artists, publications devoted to their lives and works were appearing with greater frequency in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  This large two-volume edition is one of the more impressive memorials.  The editor was Dr. Edward Fryer, a physician, who, though a generation younger than Barry, had been a close friend in his later years.  All four of the artist's books are reprinted, and included as well are his lectures and essays that he had intended for publication.  Introducing the whole is a biography by Fryer, which, structured around the artist's correspondence, supplies a indispensable factual basis for subsequent studies of Barry's works."  (William L. Pressly, James Barry; the Artist as Hero, Tate Gallery, 1983)

Price: £750.00