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WINSOR, W. & H. C. Newton.

Instructions for the Practice of Fresco Painting;

As given in the reports of the commissioners on the fine arts, compiled and arranged by artists' colour-makers to the Queen, and to H. R. H. Prince Albert.

London: Winsor & Newton, 1843 Stock Code: 118578
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First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the authors on the front free endpaper, "To C. Stanfield Esq. R. A., respectfully presented by his obedient humble servants, W. Winsor & H. Newton."

The recipient was Clarkson Stanfield, elected as a Royal Academician in February 1835, who "between 1820 and his last submission in 1867 showed 135 paintings at the Royal Academy, his only absences being from 1822 to 1826, in 1828, and (owing to a tour) in 1839" (ODNB). He played an active role in the Royal Academy, repeatedly serving on their council, and in 1852 became a member of the hanging committee. Originally a theatre painter, Stanfield was described by Ruskin as, "the leader of the British Realists, and, next to Turner, the noblest master of cloud forms of all our artists" (ODNB).

Winsor and Newton were the first developers of the commonly used glycerine based watercolours, and have been important producers of art materials since they were established in 1832. An uncommon work, traced in seven institutions worldwide.

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Octavo (185 x 123 mm). Bound for presentation by Westleys & Clark in pale brown calf titles to front cover gilt, elaborate gilt frames to covers, spine fully gilt, edges gilt, yellow moiré endpapers.


Black and white illustrations to text.


Binder's ticket to foot of rear pastedown. Slight bumps and rubbing to extremities, rubbing to joints, boards lightly soiled with a couple small scratches, very light foxing to prelims and endmatter; a very good copy.


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