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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

George Thomas Doo (1800-86)

The Virgin and Child [‘The Large Cowper Madonna’] dated 1835

Etching and engraving | 40.1 x 29.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 850813

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An engraving after Raphael's so-called Large Cowper Madonna (1508), when in the collection of the Earl Cowper, Penshanger, to whom the plate is dedicated. The painting is now in the National Gallery, Washington DC (inv. no.25). Not listed in Ruland (1876).

Showing the seated Virgin holding the Child Christ on her lap, who grasps His mother’s bodice while looking at the viewer.
  • Creator(s)

    George Thomas Doo (1800-86) (engraver)

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

    McQueen & Co. : (printer)

    F G Moon : 20 Threadneedle Street, London (publisher)

    Earl of Cowper [Penshanger] (dedicatee)

    Francis Graham Moon (1796-1871) (dedicator)

    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 40.1 x 29.6 cm (sheet of paper)

    19.8 x 14.4 cm (image)

    36.0 x 24.3 cm (platemark)


  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Virgin & Child
          • Life of Christ
            • Infancy of Christ
              • Christ Child
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.66 A.XX.4(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508 pp. 272-276, no. 39