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OF THE MOST EMINENT
DUTCH, FLEMISH, AND FRENCH PAINTERS;
En which is included a short Biographical Notice of the artists,
WITH A COPIOUS DESCRIPTION OF
THEIR PRINCIPAL PICTURES;
A STATEMENT OF THE PRICES AT WHICH SUCH PICTURES HAVE BEEN SOLD
AT PUBLIC SALES ON THE CONTINENT AND IN ENGLAND;
A REFERENCE TO THE
GALLERIES AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS,
IN WHICH A LARGE PORTION ARE AT PRESENT;
AND THE NAMES OF THE ARTISTS BY WHOM THEY HAVE BEEN ENGRAVED;
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
A BRIEF NOTICE OF THE SCHOLARS & IMITATORS
GREAT MASTERS OF THE ABOVE SCHOOLS:
DEALER IN PICTURES.
PART THE SECOND.
PUBLISHED BY SMITH AND SON, 137, NEW BOND STREET.
With the difficulties, trouble, and expense, attending the compilation and publication of a Work of this nature, the public generally are unacquainted; these can only be fully known to the Author, or to those who have been engaged in a similar pursuit. Without any intention of assuming more merit than is due to the completion of the work, the Writer candidly owns, that, had he foreseen the pains and penalties which have attended its progress, he would have assuredly declined the undertaking. Having encountered and overcome these difficulties, he is enabled, from a keen recollection of them, to appreciate the numerous acts of kindness received in the prosecution of his labours; and he feels it to be one of the most agreeable duties, now distinctly to acknowledge them. He is more especially
induced to perform the duty on the present occasion, lest another opportunity may not be afforded him; for the continuation of the Work will depend upon the encouragement he may receive by the number of subscribers—a source too uncertain to rely on in a work, the readers of which are necessarily very limited.
To the numerous noblemen and gentlemen on the Continent, the Author offers his warmest thanks; particularly to His Excellency the Baron Verstolk de Soelen, a gentleman distinguished for his excellent taste and sound judgment in the arts; to Messieurs Six Van Winter, Van Loone, Schamps, Van Sasseghem, Van Lanckeren, and Francken, of Holland and Flanders; and to Messieurs Périgaux, Valdou, and the Chevalier Erard, of Paris. The same thanks are due to the Directors and Custodi of the Public Galleries and Royal Collections in Holland, Flanders, Paris, Francfort, Dresden, Munich, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Genoa, Turin, and Potsdam ; many of whom, in addition to assisting the Author with ladders to enable him to inspect pictures hanging above the reach of