[The Holy Virgin and Infant Jesus][In His Majesty's Collection]
Etching and engraving with large margins, platemark 250 x 185mm (9¾ x 7¼"). Rare proof before letters.
Virgin and child after the painting by Guido Reni (1575-1642) in the Royal Collection (currently hanging in Hampton Court Palace). According to de Vesme, the painting was acquired by George III's librarian Richard Dalton in Bologna, and Dalton had the painting engraved by G. Gandolfi in 1770 before engaging the more esteemed Bartolozzi to retouch the plate. The Royal Collection, however, state that inventories record the painting as having been bought by George III himself.
De Vesme 135 i/ii
[Ref: 36930] £220.00