PORTLAND MUSEUM - SALE CATALOGUE A Catalogue of the Portland Museum, Lately the Property of The Duchess Dowager of Portland, Deceased, 1786

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PORTLAND MUSEUM - SALE CATALOGUE
A Catalogue of the Portland Museum, Lately the Property of The Duchess Dowager of Portland, Deceased: Which Will Be Sold by Auction by Mr. Skinner and Co. on Monday the 24th April, 1786

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PORTLAND MUSEUM - SALE CATALOGUE
A Catalogue of the Portland Museum, Lately the Property of The Duchess Dowager of Portland, Deceased: Which Will Be Sold by Auction by Mr. Skinner and Co. on Monday the 24th April, 1786, this copy "No. 982" as numbered in ink on title, engraved frontispiece illustrating the interior of the Portland Museum by Grignion after Burney, modern panelled calf gilt, 4to, Skinner & Co., [1786]

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  • The sale catalogue of 4156 items of the extraordinary collection formed by Margaret Cavendish, duchess of Portland (1715-1785), sold over thirty-eight days. The most celebrated items included the Portland Vase (purchased from William Hamilton for £2000, and now in the British Museum), and fine manuscripts, amongst them the "Bedford Missal", but the most substantial section was devoted to her natural history specimens. This collection was "the largest in Britain, and possibly in Europe, exceeding that of Sir Hans Sloane deposited in the British Museum", and was visited by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on their return from Cook's first voyage. Solander was employed by the duchess to catalogue the collection but, as mentioned in the preface, he died before the task could be undertaken.
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