The Visitation.From the Altar Piece in the Cathedral Church at Antwerp
Pub. Jan. 1 1800 by John & Josiah Boydell, No 90, Cheapside, & at the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall, London.
Mezzotint, platemark 920 x 305mm (36¼ x 12"). Damage to margins but platemark visible throughout; tear upper right; central fold as issued.
Extraordinary large mezzotint, in a highly unusual format, of the left panel of Rubens' Antwerp altarpiece (of which the central panel is the famous 'Descent from the Cross'). The pregnant Mary is in the centre, greeted by St Elizabeth. Joseph and St Zachariah are behind, with a servant-girl on the left. The British Museum have a mezzotint of the same size published by Boydell in 1799, but with Valentine Green named as engraver.
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