Providence: Knowles, Anthony & Co., Printers, 1854. 29 pp.,  pp. 8vo. Stitched paper wrappers. First edition. About very good, wrappers soiled and partiallly detached, contents clean, small insitututional stamp on one inner margin. Sabin 70708. Item #38718
The Rhode Island Art Association, founded in 1853, was born of commercial necessity.
"The only way to avoid dependence upon others for many articles that we know how to make ourselves, is not be dependent upon them for our ideas of heauty, and for that subtle regulator of trade—our popular taste. The only way to possess these in any degree, is to cul- tivate them through all the means and appliances in our power; and one of the best of these means, has been shown by the experience of those nations most largely interested; to be the establishment of a good School of Design, with a subsidiary Gallery of Art."
An important and uncommon document leading to the founding of the Rhode Island School of Design and many other artistic and cultural orgnaizations in the Ocean State. OCLC shows six locations: Met. Museum of Art, Trinitiy Col., AAS, Brown, Ocean State Lib., Wisc. HS. Also copies at RI Hist Soc. and RISD.