Romae ex Chalcographia jam de Rubeis, nunc R.C.A. apud Pedem Marmoreum
Etching, 520 x 325mm (20½ x 12½"). Horizontal crease through centre, small nicks and tears to edges, occasional surface loss, general paper tone, bit dusty. 'Tho.s Meggitt, Hull' in manuscript lower right
St. Matthew with a book (perhaps symbolizing his gospel) and a bag of coins at his feet (he was a tax collector early in life). Plate nine 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: 23138] £160.00