Item 14 - Biographical notes on Irish artists

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Crewe MS/14


Biographical notes on Irish artists


  • c. 1823 (Creation)

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1 volume (35 x 22 cm), containing 80 leaves and 1 slip. Half-bound.

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The initials W. M. M. (probably those of a member of the Monckton Milnes family) appear after a note on f. 13r. Binder’s stamp of J. Mackenzie & Son. The armorial bookplate of Robert, Earl of Crewe, is pasted inside the front cover.

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On the spine is stamped ‘Irish Artists’. The contents are as follows:

ff. 5r–7r: Index.

ff. 7v–8v: Introduction.

(Bound in after f. 10.) Slip bearing biographical notes on Anthony Pasquin.

ff. 11r–47v: Extracts from An Authentic History of the Professors of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture who have practised in Ireland (1796), by Anthony Pasquin, with a preliminary note by the compiler (ff. 12r, 13r) and additional notes.

ff. 48v–55v: Extracts from Memoirs of the Royal Academicians (1796), by Anthony Pasquin, with additional notes.

ff. 55v–57v: Extracts from History of the City of Dublin (1818) by J. Warburton, J. Whitelaw, and Robert Walsh.

ff. 58v–75v: Additional notes, from various sources.

Most of the contents were probably written by the same person, though the notes are in a less formal hand than the extracts; but the note on the slip bound in after f. 10 was evidently written by someone else. The extracts are generally written on versos, with the notes on the facing rectos. On ff. 12r, 13r, and 56v are notes on the compiler’s sources and procedure.

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Foliated 1–78, with an unnumbered flyleaf at the front and another at the back, and a slip (numbered 10a) bound between ff. 10 and 11.

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  • English

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