The Catalogue Raisonné Project
In June 2003 the Project's administrative office moved from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, to the Warburg Institute, University of London, where the Managing Editor and Project Co-ordinator were based until 2021. The collaboration with the Warburg Institute was established with the appointment in November 2000 of the Managing Editor, under whose auspices the publication of the series came under the imprint of the Royal Collection Trust.
The first phase of the Project involved identifying the different parts of the Paper Museum, gathering primary data for each drawing and inputting the data into a computerised database, obtaining study photographs of the material, photographing and classifying all the watermarks (on both drawings and mount-sheets), and defining the content of the three series and individual volumes. A publisher (Harvey Miller Publishers) was appointed along with Series Editors, authors and readers and scientific consultants (for the Natural History volumes), and a house style and format were devised for the publishing programme.
The second phase was concerned with seeing the volumes through the editorial process to publication, with 36 of the 37 volumes being published so far. The project initially concerned itself solely with the drawings and watercolours to be published in Series A and B. It became increasingly clear, however, that prints were an equally important part of Cassiano’s collection, and around 3,000 prints have so far been identified. Many are unique impressions and bear witness to the systematic organisation characteristic of the Paper Museum. Given the importance of the material and the fact that it had been little researched, it was decided to catalogue the prints in six volumes as a third series within the catalogue raisonné (Series C: The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo).
A.VII (Ancient Inscriptions, 2002) was the first title to appear under the Royal Collection Trust's imprint; the association with Harvey Miller Publishers (publisher of the first five volumes in the series, 1996–2001: A.I, A.II/1, A.II/2, B.I, B.III) was retained through its parent organisation, Brepols, which remains responsible for the distribution of all the published catalogues.
The final two volumes in Series B (B.IV–V) were published in 2017 and the final three volumes of Series C in 2019. Series A is also nearing completion, with A.III (Sarcophagi and Other Reliefs, 4 vols) published in 2022 and A.IV (Statues and Busts) at an advanced stage of preparation.
Scholarly research was conducted during the first few years of the project’s life with the support of Olivetti, which resulted in an exhibition on the Paper Museum at the British Museum in 1993, and the publication of four collections of studies, the Quaderni Puteani (1989–93, including the exhibition catalogue). As a British Academy Research Project the catalogue raisonné is supported by the British Academy and also benefits from the patronage of the Accademia dei Lincei and the Académie des Inscriptions et des Belles-Lettres. The Catalogue is published by Royal Collection Trust with the generous assistance of the Michael Bishop Foundation, and has also received substantial grants from the Getty Grant Program, the Monument Trust and a number of other private and corporate sponsors.
All work and expenditure on the Project (and other Royal Collection Trust academic publishing projects) paused in December 2020, owing to the financial difficulties experienced by the Trust during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was only a year later, thanks to extremely generous renewed funding from the Michael Bishop Foundation, that work was able to resume on the Cassiano Project, allowing it to bring A.III to print in 2022 and to anticipate completing the series in 2023 with the publication of A.IV.
Volumes of the Catalogue Raisonné
SERIES A: ANTIQUITIES AND ARCHITECTURE
Series Editor: Amanda Claridge
I ANCIENT MOSAICS AND WALLPAINTINGS by Helen Whitehouse (published 2001, ISBN 978-1-872501-57-4)
II EARLY CHRISTIAN AND MEDIEVAL ANTIQUITIES by John Osborne and Amanda Claridge
Volume 1: Mosaics and Wallpaintings in Roman Churches (published 1996, ISBN 978-1-872501-62-8)
Volume 2: Other Mosaics, Sarcophagi and Small Objects (published 1998, ISBN 978-1-872501-67-3)
III SARCOPHAGI AND OTHER RELIEFS (FOUR VOLUMES) by Amanda Claridge and Eloisa Dodero (published 2022, ISBN: 978-1-912554-56-0)
IV STATUES AND BUSTS by Amanda Claridge and Eloisa Dodero (forthcoming)
V THE ‘ANTICHITÀ DIVERSE’ ALBUM by Elena Vaiani (published 2016, ISBN 978-1-905375-75-2)
VI CLASSICAL MANUSCRIPT ILLUSTRATIONS by Amanda Claridge and Ingo Herklotz (published 2012, ISBN 978-1-905375-76-9)
VII ANCIENT INSCRIPTIONS by William Stenhouse (published 2002, ISBN 978-1-872501-45-1)
VIII EGYPTIAN AND ROMAN ANTIQUITIES AND RENAISSANCE DECORATIVE ARTS (TWO VOLUMES) by Elena Vaiani, Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodinò and Helen Whitehouse (published 2018, ISBN 978-1-909400-92-4)
IX ANCIENT ROMAN TOPOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE (THREE VOLUMES) by Ian Campbell with contributions by Lynda Fairbairn, David Hemsoll, Arnold Nesselrath and Johannes Röll (published 2004, ISBN 978-1-872501-12-3)
X RENAISSANCE AND LATER ARCHITECTURE AND ORNAMENT (THREE VOLUMES) by Paul Davies and David Hemsoll, with contributions by Ian Campbell, Simon Pepper and Johannes Röll (published 2013, ISBN 978-1-905375-77-6)
SERIES B: NATURAL HISTORY
Series Editor: Martin Clayton
I CITRUS FRUIT by David Freedberg and Enrico Baldini (published 1997, ISBN 978-1-872501-88-8)
II FUNGI (THREE VOLUMES) by David Pegler and David Freedberg (published 2006, ISBN 978-1-905375-05-9)
III FOSSIL WOODS AND OTHER GEOLOGICAL SPECIMENS by Andrew C. Scott and David Freedberg (published 2000, ISBN 978-1-872501-91-8)
IV–V BIRDS, OTHER ANIMALS AND NATURAL CURIOSITIES (TWO VOLUMES) by Henrietta McBurney, Ian Rolfe, Caterina Napoleone, and Paula Findlen, with Carlo Violani, Onno Wijnands, Arturo Morales-Muñiz, Eufrasia Roselló-Izquierdo, Arthur McGregor, and Kathie Way (pubished 2017, ISBN 978-1-909400-60-3)
VI FLORA: THE 'ERBARIO MINIATO' AND OTHER DRAWINGS (TWO VOLUMES) by Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi and Fabio Garbari (published 2007, ISBN 978-1-905375-18-9)
VII FLORA: FEDERICO CESI'S BOTANICAL MANUSCRIPTS (THREE VOLUMES) by Brent Elliott with contributions by Luigi Guerrini and David Pegler (published 2015, ISBN 978-1-905375-78-3)
VIII FLORA: THE AZTEC HERBAL by Martin Clayton, Luigi Guerrini and Alejandro de Ávila. (published 2009, ISBN 978-1-905375-30-1)
SERIES C: PRINTS
Series Editor: Martin Clayton
I CEREMONIES, COSTUMES, PORTRAITS AND GENRE (THREE VOLUMES) by Mark McDonald (published 2017, ISBN 978-1-909400-78-8)
II ARCHITECTURE, TOPOGRAPHY AND MILITARY MAPS (THREE VOLUMES) by Mark McDonald (published 2019, ISBN 978-1-912554-21-8)
The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo online
Drawings and prints from the Paper Museum are featured online in the collections database of the British Museum, the British Library and the Royal Collection. An online version of the catalogue will be developed once the final volume in the series has appeared in print.
A selection of natural history drawings from the Paper Museum was on view at the Queen's Gallery in London and in Edinburgh as part of the exhibition `Amazing Rare Things. The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery' (2007-8).