La Peinture Anglaise Contemporaine

DE LA SIZERANNE, Robert. La Peinture Anglaise Contemporaine.

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DE LA SIZERANNE, Robert. La Peinture Anglaise Contemporaine. Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie., 1895.

8vo, contemporary half green crushed morocco over marbled boards by E. Riley & Son for P.L.A., spine gilt in compartments, lettered directly in one and at foot in gilt, others with central gilt tool, marbled edges, top edges gilt; edges a little foxed and some browning to pre- and postlims but otherwise very good in a handsome binding; provenance: Panteleonis Leonidӕ Argenti (his Ex Libris on upper pastedown and initials at foot of spine).
First edition. Contains fascinating biographies on many of his contemporaries including Burne-Jones and Holman Hunt. The Argenti family was one of many families which came to Chios from Genoa in order to administer activities on the island on behalf of the Genoese Republic during the period of the Genoese Occupation of Chios (1346 to 1566). They were part of the aristocracy of the islands returning after the diaspora which followed the Turkish massacre (about which Byron wrote). The 'Argenti Society' was founded to preserve the historical and folkloric material of Chios and the family's collection forms a large part of the Folklore Museum and Picture Gallery.