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GOSSIP

ABOUT

PORTRAITS.

[blocks in formation]

LONDON:
H. G. BOHN, 4 & 5, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.

1866.

170. m. 6

COLE

19=MAY 1935

PREFACE.

In the following pages I have endeavoured simply to suggest the consideration of several matters connected with the formation of a Collection of Portraits, without any attempt or wish to exhaust the subject, but with a desire to amuse as well as to interest the reader by the introduction of a variety of biographical, anecdotal, and literary illustrations.

My object has been principally to advocate the collecting of Engraved Portraits, and to indicate several interesting facts connected with this special and lately neglected pursuit.

These pages will be found deficient in the arrangement and condensation necessary to an Essay: they want the completeness required for a History : and I only mention that they are not intended for a Guide, because it happens that they are published at about the time of the opening of the National Portrait Exhibition ; with which however they are in

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