Thomas Macklin (1752-1800), Picture - Publisher and Patron: Creator of the Macklin Bible (1791-1800)

Author: Bentley, Jr., G.E.
Year:2016
Pages:304
ISBN:1-4955-0453-0
978-1-4955-0453-2
Price:219.95
This critical study of one of the most successful engravers, printseller, and publishers of the late-18th century, Thomas Macklin, fills a lacuna of information about this major figure in book culture of the 18th Century. Because very little has been said or written about Macklin, this work is a significant contribution to scholarship in this field and essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in this period of history.

Reviews

“For scholars and students of British Romantic literary and visual culture, bibliography, and Bible illustration, we live in fortunate times because with this present volume Professor Bentley has trained his unerring critical gaze on one of William Blake’s most successful contemporaries, the engraver, printseller, and publisher Thomas Macklin.”
Dr. Mark Crosby,
Kansas State University


“G.E. Bentley’s work opens a window on the 18th century world of art that is very significant. It provides a vision of the world of art that is largely overlooked and as it does so raises a whole host of new questions…It is a gold mine of information…although the book is written for a scholarly audience…it raises profound questions about the whole development of visual culture...well worth reading and pondering.”
Dr. Jay G. Williams,
Hamilton College

"No one knows the quality and quantity of his work will be surprised to hear that G.E. Bentley, Jr., published one more meticulous, thoughtful, and eminently readable book."
Dr. Alexander S. Gourlay,
Rhode Island School of Design


Table of Contents

List of Reproductions
Preface
Foreword
Notes on References
CHAPTER I. LITERATURE AND GREAT BOOK ILLUSTRATION IN ENGLAND
The Great Illustrated – Book Publishers
History Painting
Patronage of History Painting
CHAPTER II. MACKLIN’S CAREER
Thomas Macklin and William Blake (1782-83)
Table 1: Plates Engraved by Blake for the Macklins
Macklin and the Trade
The Poet’s Gallery Shop
The Bunbury Shakespeare (1788-99)
The Macklin Bible (1791-1800)
Macklin and Fuseli (1796)
Macklin’s Finances (1795-1800)
Credit
Macklin’s Lottery (1797-1799)
Macklin’s Sale (May 1800)
Macklin’s Death (25 October 1800)
Mrs. Macklin and the Poet’s Gallery (October 1800-January 1808)
Maria Macklin
CHAPTER III. THE POET’S GALLERY (1788-99)
Proposals
Exhibitions
The Poet’s Gallery Sale
Costs
Publications
Table 2: Paintings Engraved for the Poet’s Gallery
Table 3: Pictures Probably Designed and Exhibited for the Poet’s Gallery but Not Engraved for it
Reviews
CHAPTER IV. THE MACKLIN BIBLE
Proposals
The Types
The Annotations
Costs
Publication in Numbers
The Vignettes
Table 4: Table of Vignettes The Significance of an Engraver’s Signature on an Engraving
The Designs
Paintings
Full-Page Engravings
The First Review
Sales
Piracies
The Apocrypha
The Cadell and Davies Bible (1842)
CHAPTER V. MACKLIN’S BOOKS
Appendix I Pictures Exhibited in the Poets Gallery

Table 5: Pictures Exhibited in the Poet’s Gallery
Table 6: Pictures which Drop Out of the Macklin Exhibition Catalogues
Table 7: Pictures Interpolated, i.e. Added but Not at the End
Appendix II Macklin’s Separate Engravings
Table 8: Macklin’s Separate Engravings
Appendix III Macklin’s Engravers
Table 9: Index to Macklin’s Separate Engravings and Books
Appendix IV Macklin’s Payments to Engravers and Painters
Table 10: Macklin’s Payments to Engravers and Painters
Appendix V Macklin’s Classification on his Separate Prints in his Poetic Description (1794)
Table 11: “Various”
Table 12: “Oval Prints”
Table 13: Miscellaneous Circles
Table 14: Circle Prints from Shakespeare
Appendix VI John Macklin, Publisher
Manuscripts
Printed Works
Index