A Collection of Prints, Engraved after the most Capital Paintings in England.Published by John Boydell. Volume the Second, containing sixty Prints. with a Description of each Picture in English and French./ The Origin of Drawing.
London: Printed for the Editor, MDCCLXXII./ Published May 1st. 1771 by John Boydell Engraver, in Cheapside London.
Letterpress with copper engraving, sheet 665 x 500mm. 26¼ x 19½".
Title page to the second volume of "The Most Capital Paintings in England", a series of engravings in published in five volumes between the late 1760s and 1786, the first three of which (1769 to 1773) were originally published under the title Sculptura Britannica. These were a critical and financial success for the publisher John Boydell, who promoted the interests of artists, engravers and patrons, establishing a tradition in Britain for collecting prints. With an engraving illustrating the origin of drawing. According to some sources drawing originated with the tracing of human shadows.
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