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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Studies for a Christ Child published 1857

Albumen print | 29.0 x 21.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850897

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A photograph of a study sheet by Raphael (c.1509-11) now in the British Museum, London (inv. no. Pp,1.72). As lettered on the sheet, the photographed drawing once belonged to the collection of Richard Payne Knight.

Ruland (1876) associated this sheet with Raphael’s Bridgewater Madonna (c.1507), a painting then in the collection of the Earl of Ellesmere, London, and now on loan to the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (inv. no.NGL 065.46), from the Duke of Sutherland Collection. Although showing similarities with the Bridgewater Madonna, it is now generally thought that the British Museum sheet cannot be directly related to the painting. According to Joannides (see Bibliographic References) this sheet is a study for the Madonna di Loreto (see RCIN 850869 for a print after this painting).
  • Creator(s)

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    Roger Fenton (1819-69) (photographer)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Colnaghi & Co. : Pall Mall East, London (publisher)

  • 29.0 x 21.6 cm (sheet of paper)

    15.6 x 10.9 cm (image)

    27.1 x 19.6 cm (platemark)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.70 A.XXIX.3

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Italian Drawings [...] British Museum: Raphael and his circle: catalogue, 1962 / Philip Pouncey and J.A. Gere, London pp. 19-20, no. 23

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 201, no. 271