Print: Baxter – CL 247 – One of Baxter’s print in the series of The Raphael Cartoons.
Courtney Lewis in 1924 gives full details “The Cartoons at Kensington were painted by pupils from Raphael's designs. They are part of a set of ten intended, when copied in tapestry, for the Sistine Chapel, Rome. The tapestries themselves, worked at Brussels, are in the Vatican. These seven were bought by Rubens for Charles I, but they were not sold with that Monarch's collection, and remained at Hampton Court until some years ago. No pictures are better known or have been more often engraved and copied than those seven, and amongst others, besides Baxter, Dickes, Le Blond, and Bradshaw & Blacklock, all produced them; but whilst theirs are printed in colours, those by Baxter never were, though, as indicated below, he doubtless at one time intended they should be. In the Art Journal Advertiser, in 1854, it is announced: " Mr. Baxter takes this opportunity of announcing that he intends, at the wish of several publishers, to get up the whole of the Cartoons of Raphael, &c., from the pictures at Hampton Court Palace correct in colour and expression."
Baxter never carried out his intention and only produced them, as this print, as a Baxterotype, in sepia, Baxter version of a daguerreotype and his way of competing against photography
Size (cm ht x w): 15.6 x 20.2 (print)
State: On the original stamped mount that has been trimmed to a small border on three sides leaving the embossed seal and part of the embossed title beneath the print
Condition: Very good colours but a bad water stain across the top left corner. On a full colour print his might be devastating but as this print was only issued in sepia it is not quite so noticeable. Although not to our normal standard we are still selling this as it is a hard print to find and priced accordingly
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