Blunt, Anthony and Cooke, Hereward Lester.


of the XVII & XVIII Centuries. In the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle. Phaidon Press 1960.
1st Ed. 4to. 197pp. 66 b/w. plates, 119 figures. Light marginal brown stain with resultant light wrinkling to tail of leaves, original gilt lettered red cloth, spine sl. sunned. Arntzen L60 One of ‘ ... A series of excellent catalogues of the Italian drawings in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle - one of the richest, most comprehensive collections of Italian drawings in the world ... In each catalogue an introduction is followed by the catalogue entries and a section of plates. Many drawings are reproduced either as text illustrations or in the plates. Included are various indexes, concordances, bibliographies and bibliographical references in footnotes and in individual entries’ . Inscribed to front free end paper ‘To Mum from Anthony Christmas 1960’. Anthony was his mother's favourite, her 'Benjamin'. Years later she would tell people how as a very small boy he had been solicitous of her, always trying to carry her heavy luggage, and performing other small feats of gallantry. She coddled him. ‘My mother was very close to Anthony,’ Christopher Blunt later told an interviewer. ‘He was slightly delicate as a child but my mother exaggerated this and would give him tonics all the time.’
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