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Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913)

Catalogue of the Soulages collection 1856

Leather bound volume | 25.7 x 17.0 x 2.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 1033095

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Illustrated catalogue bound in brown leather with gilt decoration. The catalogue documents the Soulages Collection, a collection of decorative arts formerly in the collection of French collector Jules Soulage (1803-57). The catalogue contains a selection of albumen prints. 

This is the first application of photography to the illustration of art catalogues. The Soulages Collection was later acquired for the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

  • Creator(s)

    Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913) (author)

    London : Chapman & Hall (publisher)

  • 25.7 x 17.0 x 2.6 cm (whole object)

  • Catalogue of the Soulages collection : being a descriptive inventory of a collection of works of decorative art, formerly in the possession of M. Jules Soulages of Toulouse

  • Object type(s)
      • printed & manuscript material
        • books
          • book: top edge gilt
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]