Third impression (hardback) of volume 3 (covering the Victorian Period). 4to (20cm by 23cm), xvi, 398pp. 2 colour plates, 285 b&w plates. Original green cloth, dustwrapper. There is some creasing of the front board; the contents are in very good condition. Overall, the book is in good condition. The dustwrapper is in fair condition only (some scuffing of the rear panel). ISBN 0713407182.
A Very Good set in slightly worn and chipped dustwrappers. 3 vols, Cloth, 4to, 31 cm, xii, 243 + xii, 244 + xvi, 398 pp, in all 758 ills, a few colour plates.. From the blurb to Vol I; "This work, the most comprehensive study of. the subject yet to appear, covers, in this and two forthcoming volumes, on the Romantic and the Victorian periods, . its whole history in England, from the beginnings to the end of the nineteenth century. It is the magnum opus of the late Martin Hardie, who, apart from serving for 14 years as Keeper of the Departments of Painting and of Prints and Drawings at the Victoria & Albert Museum, was also a leading member of that generation of scholars who established the study of English drawings and water-colours. The book provides detailed accounts of all the major artists of the School and many of the minor ones; its close and sympathetic treatment of the media and methods of water-colour reflect Hardie's experience as a practitioner as well as a scholar. The three volumes will also provide an unrivalled group of illustrations, . The work was completed by the date of Hardie's death but the passage of time has, inevitably demanded certain revisions and these have been undertaken by the chief editor, Mr. Dudley Snelgrove, M.B.E. (formerly of the Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum and a recognised authority.).
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