Anecdotes of painting in England with some account of the principal artists, and incidental notes on other arts, collected by the late Mr George Vertue, and now digested and published from his original manuscript, Vol. 1, 3rd ed., Horace Walpole.
Although Vertue published several volumes on various artistic subjects during his lifetime, the text within Anecdotes was not seen in print until after his death, having been purchased and edited by Horace Walpole. Shot through with undoubted scholarly knowledge, Vertue’s rather soberly toned recital of stories associated with the great artists, is made all the more amenable by Walpole’s keen editing sense.
Printed for J.Dodsley, London 1782. Layton Collection 114.