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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

John and Charles Watkins (active 1860s)

The Virgin and Child c.1876-1886

Albumen print | 54.0 x 42.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850847

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A photograph of a cartoon by Raphael (c.1509-11) now in the British Museum, London (inv. no.1894,0721.1), executed for the so-called Mackintosh Madonna, a painting now in the National Gallery, London (inv. no.NG 2069). In Ruland's Raphael Collection catalogue (1876), the cartoon was described as being then in the possession of Col. Sterling (of Glentyan), who presented this photograph to the Royal Library in 1886. Not listed in Ruland (1876).

Showing the half-length seated figure of the Virgin supporting the Christ Child with both hands, who stands on a parapet while putting His arm around His mother’s neck and looking to the right.
  • Creator(s)

    John and Charles Watkins (active 1860s) (photographer)

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

    John Watkins : 34 Parliament St, London (active 1871) (publisher)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 54.0 x 42.8 cm (sheet of paper)

    25.0 x 19.4 cm (image)

  • Presented to the Royal Library by Col. Sterling in 1886; added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Art
        • Drawings
          • Cartoons
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.68 A.XXIV.8a(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Italian Drawings [...] British Museum: Raphael and his circle: catalogue, 1962 / Philip Pouncey and J.A. Gere, London pp. 22-23, no. 26

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 202, no. 277

    Capellen 2005 : Capellen, JM, 2005. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 2, The Roman Religious Paintings ca.1508-1520 pp. 77-81, no. 49