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Designs by Raphael for sculptural works, silverware, medals and other objects

George Robert Lewis (1782-1871)

A design for a salver dated 1 May 1818

Etching on tone plate | 32.7 x 48.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854252

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A facsimile etching reproducing a pen and ink drawing now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no. WA1846.35), where it is attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni (see RCIN 854251 for a photograph of the drawing). This print is lettered with the attribution of the design to Raphael, title and publication details. Published in William Young Ottley's 'Italian School of Design' (1808-23). Signed by the printmaker. Annotated on the verso.

As Parker (see Bibliographic References) writes in the catalogue of the Italian drawings at the Ashmolean Museum, the attribution of this drawing has been disputed: Woodburn and Ruland (1876) attributed it to Raphael, Passavant to Penni, while Robinson and later Crowe and Cavalcaselle believed it to be by Giulio Romano, the attribution agreed with by Parker.

According to Ruland (1876) and Passavant (see Bibliographic References) Agostino Chigi commissioned designs from Raphael for two salvers to be executed in bronze by Cesarino da Urbino. As the evidence for this commission dates from as early as 1510, Parker specifies that this drawing, if attributed to Giulio Romano, could not be linked to this specific commission. He also believes that the drawing should be dated around the time of the execution of the Farnesina frescoes, in particular the Wedding Feast of Cupid and Psyche (c.1518).

For photographs of designs for salvers, see RCINs 854247, 854248 and 854250.
  • Creator(s)

    George Robert Lewis (1782-1871) (printmaker)

    After a work attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536) (draughtsman)

    After a work previously attributed to Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (draughtsman)

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

    William Young Ottley (1771-1836) (publisher)

    Associated with Cesarino Rossetti (goldsmith)

  • annotation: Bottom sculpture [verso, bottom centre, in ink]
  • 32.7 x 48.8 cm (sheet of paper)

    28.6 x 44.0 cm (platemark)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Tableware
          • Salvers (table equipment)
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Tridents
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Neptune (mythology)
            • Cupid
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
            • Sea centaurs (Mythical creatures)
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 308 A.III.6