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Raphael was especially esteemed for his Madonna and Child compositions

Frederick Christian Lewis (1779-1856)

The Virgin and Child with St Elizabeth and the Infant Baptist published 1 June 1809

Etching, printed in brown ink, with tone plate | 54.3 x 41.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851099

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A facsimile of a drawing by Raphael (c.1507) now in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912738). Lettered with production details. Included in Original Designs of the Most Celebrated Masters of the Bolognese, Roman Florentine and Venetian Schools ... in His Majesty's collection, London 1812, plate XLIX.

The drawing connects with a sheet attributed to Raphael currently in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.3949). The two drawings show similarity in composition with The Canigiani Holy Family, a painting by Raphael now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich (inv. no.WA 476). It has been suggested that the two drawings may be either preparatory studies for a – lost or never executed - composition, or independent developments from The Canigiani Holy Family. A photograph of the Canigiani Holy Family can be found at RCIN 850756.

Showing the full-length seated Virgin supporting the standing Christ Child who leans backwards, with the crouched St Elizabeth supporting the Infant Christ on the left; in a landscape.
  • Creator(s)

    Frederick Christian Lewis (1779-1856) (etcher)

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

    John Chamberlaine (1745-1812) (publisher)

    Subject(s)
    Saint Elizabeth
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • annotation: 49 [front, lower right, in pencil]
  • 54.3 x 41.2 cm (sheet of paper)

    23.1 x 17.9 cm (image)

    34.9 x 26.1 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • 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.82 A.XLV.4a(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    P&W : Popham, A.E. & Wilde, J., 1949. The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of His Majesty The King at Windsor Castle, London no. 0790