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Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


Two crossbowmen


Albumen print | 25.1 x 17.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2864164

A photograph of a drawing depicting two crossbowmen now in the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no. 443), where it is catalogued as by Raphael. This drawing is on the verso of preparatory studies for the figure of the Virgin (see RCIN 851197 for a photograph of the recto) in the so-called 'Norton Simon Madonna', a painting by Raphael now in the Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena (inv. no.M.1972.2.P). Annotated on the verso.

In the catalogue of the Italian drawings in the Palais des Beaux-Arts (see Bibliographic References), this drawing is catalogued as directly inspired from Luca Signorelli, with the figure on the left depicted in the Martyrdom of St Sebastian by Signorelli for the church of St Domenico, Cittá di Castello. Joannides (see Bibliographic References) ascribed the drawing to an associate of Raphael.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 854262) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 47 (970607)

  • Creator(s)

    After a work attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

    Associated with Luca Signorelli (c. 1445-1523) (artist)

    Attributed to Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • 25.1 x 17.5 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Crossbows
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris
    pp. 180-181, no. 518

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p. 141, no. 34v