The title page of the collected issues of the Art-Journal for the year 1850.
The title page is mostly taken up with a drawing (engraved) of a group of three topless women standing on an ancient sarcophagus; the women represent sculpture (with a hammer), painting (with an artist’s palette) and architecture (with dividers) respectively, derivative of the ancient Muses of inspiration. On either side of them are Greek and Roman vases and urns, ancient Egyptian statuary, and other items representating the ideals of classical art to which the journal editor aspired.
Behind this group is a large ornate circular frame or cartouche, and a rectangle above that. In the rectangle we have Volume XII., and in the circle The ART-JOURNAL, and on the front of the sarcophagus, 1850. The small print at the foot of the page reads as follows:
Published (for the proprietors) by George Virtue, 25, paternoster Row, London; / and 26, John Street, New York.
I have made separate immages for parts of the title page: