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A Compendium of Painting.

HUNT William Holman.; BLOCKX Jacques (1894.)

£350.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. Small 8vo., contemporary full vellum lettered and ruled in gilt, publisher's monogram in gilt to back cover, t.e.g. London, Percy Young.

Translated from the second French edition by Home Gordon. A presentation copy, inscribed in ink on the half title page 'to Mr. Holman Hunt as a proof of the author's respect and high esteem Vieux-Dieu nov.22nd 1894'. Underneath a later inscription by the author Geoffrey Fletcher in an italic hand 'this book, formerly in the possession of W Holman Hunt and found in his studio was given to me by the artist's daughter, Mrs. M Joseph GSF August 1946', opposite a later inscription by Fletcher in a conventional hand 'This book which belonged to W Holman Hunt was given to me by his daughter Gladys (Mrs Michael Joseph) of Akenside Road Hampstead Geoffrey Fletcher'. The Belgian Blockx family of chemist-colourmen  supplied Hunt, and other artists such as Luke Fildes and Alma-Tadema, with pigments, later users including Lucien Pissarro and Gwen John. Geoffrey Fletcher wrote one of the best books on London, 'The London Nobody Knows', and was a fine draughtsman himself.

Vellum soiled, covers lightly rubbed.

Stock Code: 217405