A Fryars Head.In the Gallery at Houghton
Pubd Oct. 1 1774 by John Boydell, Engraver, Cheapside
Mezzotint with large margins; platemark 155 x 105mm (6 x 4¼"). Fine.
Head of a friar, after Rubens. The painting was part of the celebrated collection assembled at Houghton in Norfolk by Robert Walpole, the finest pictures of which were engraved in an ambitious project published by John Boydell. The collection was sold to Catherine the Great in the 1770s, and many of the pictures can be seen in the Hermitage in St Petersburg. In 2013 Rubens' 'friars head' was one of a number which temporarily returned to Houghton for the exhibition 'Houghton Revisited'.
Whitman 174 (only state)
[Ref: 36520] £95.00