Romae ex Chalcographia jam de Rubeis, nunc R.C.A. apud Pedem Marmoreum
Etching, 520 x 325mm (20½ x 12½"). Small margins left and right only, horizontal crease through centre, small nicks and tears to edges, pink spot lower centre, general paper tone. Bit dusty.
St. John with book and quill (symbolising his authorship of the book of Revelation) and eagle (signifying the height he rose to in the first chapter of his gospel). Plate five from a series of 'Statue dei Dodici Apostoli in S. Giovanni in Laterano'. As part of the reconstruction of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, twelve niches were created under the direction of the architect Francesco Borromini. However, these remained empty until the early eighteenth century, when Pope Clement XI sponsored a competition to select designs for sculptures of the twelve apostles. This statue was by Camillo Rusconi (1658-1728).
Provenance: once owned by Thomas Meggitt of Hull, painter (1770-c.1859)
[Ref: 23095] £160.00