[Seven plates depicting the Acts of St Peter and St Paul.]
London. Printed for John Bowles in Cornhil, & Carington Bowles in St Pauls Church Yard.
Seven mezzotints with very large margins, each platemark approx 260 x 350mm (10¼ x 13¾"). Minor damage to margins but generally good.
Raphael was commissioned by Pope Leo X to design a set of large designs for tapestries to cover the lower walls of the Sistine Chapel. In 1623 the seven cartoons, depicting the Acts of St Peter and St Paul, were brought to England by Charles I. They were long displayed at Hampton Court and various engravings such as these in the 18th century reinforced the reputation of the cartoons as some of the most significant artworks in the country. Since 1865 they have been on loan from the Royal Collection to London's Victoria & Albert Museum, where they are permanently displayed together. The seven engravings are: The Miraculous Draught of Fishes; Christ's Charge to Peter; The Lame Man Healed by Peter & John; The Death of Ananias; Elymas the Sorcerer, Struck with Blindness; Paul and Barnabas at Lystra; and Paul Preaching at Athens.
For the cartoons as displayed at Hampton Court, see ref. 16693; for engravings from the first set made in England, see refs 14715 and 14720. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34028] £680.00