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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Frederick Christian Lewis (1779-1856)

Study for the head of the Virgin published 1 May 1818

Etching with plate-tone | 37.7 x 25.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851299

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A facsimile of a drawing by Raphael (c.1502-03) now in the British Museum, London (inv. no.1895,0915.611). Lettered with production details and title. The drawing is a study for the figure of the Virgin. A photograph of the drawing at RCIN 851298.

The print shows the head and shoulders of a veiled female figure, her head tilted down to the left and her eyes cast down.
  • Creator(s)

    Frederick Christian Lewis (1779-1856) (etcher)

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

    William Young Ottley (1771-1836) (publisher)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 37.7 x 25.7 cm (sheet of paper)

    27.9 x 19.1 cm (image)

    32.8 x 21.0 cm (platemark)

  • The Madonna.

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.98 C.LIV.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.142, no.35r

    Catalogue of the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. v. P. Pouncey and J.A.Gere, Raphael and His Circle (1962); pp.4-5, no.3

    Gere/Turner 1983 : J.A. Gere and Nicholas Turner, 1983. Drawings by Raphael from the Royal Library, the Ashmolean, the British Museum, Chatsworth and other English collections, London p.37, no.18