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Letters from a Young Painter Abroad to his Friends in England. Adorned with copper plates.
Printed for W. Russel. 1748 viii, 283, [5]pp, 5 plates (4 folding or double-page). 8vo.First edition. Some light foxing, offset browning to titlepage border, later ownership stamp 'Isherwood' at head. Contemporary calf, gilt ruled borders, expertly rebacked in matching style, raised & gilt bands, red morocco label.ESTC T122509. The seventy four letters, covering the first ten years of Russel's life in Rome up to November 1749, present in microcosm the ambitions, frustrations and compromises necessary for a none too talented artist to survive in Italy in the mid-eighteenth century. Russel was an artist not embarking on the Grand Tour, but rather attempting to provide a service to the more wealthy travellers who passed through the city. By turns a copyist, antiquarian, guide or travelling companion, his letters to his father, brother and sisters both detail his scholarly research as well as a wealth of lively observations on Italian life and customs.
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