[St. Martin dividing his Cloak. From the Original Picture painted by Sr. Peter Paul Rubens, in the Collection of her Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales, To Whom this Print is with the most profound Submission dedicated by her Royal Highness's most humble most Obedient & most dutiful servant. J. Boydell.]
Size of the Picture 7F 10 1/2 I by 8F 5 1/2 I in height. No.26 under. Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, Feby. 1st. 1766, by J. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside, London.]
Copper engraving, 520 x 430mm. 20½ x 17". Proof before title with scratched letters
The attribution to Sr. Peter Paul Rubens is incorrect: it is after the painting by Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) now hanging in the Royal Collection. "The Most Capital Paintings in England" series of engravings in five volumes, late 1760s-1786, the first three (1769 to 1773) originally published under the title Sculptura Britannica. These were a critical and financial success for the publisher John Boydell who promoted the interests of both artists, engravers and Patrons establishing a tradition in Britain for collecting prints.
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