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Virgin and Child with the Infant St. John the Baptist: P.14988-R

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Current Location: In storage


Virgin and Child with the Infant St. John the Baptist


Printmaker: Earlom, Richard
Publisher: Boydell, John
Painter: Dolci, Carlo (After)




After the tondo panel painting by Carlo Dolci (c.1635; ?Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 46.28). The Virgin, at far right, holds the standing figure of the Christ child on her knee who looks out at the viewer and makes a sign of benediction with his raised right hand. The young John the Baptist is seen at the far left, his hands clasped together in prayer looking up at the Christ.


History note: VanSittart gave 1,485 engravings to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1879 and this mezzotint was probably included within this group. The number written in pen and ink on the verso presumably relates to Vansittart's own cataloguing system and that written in graphite on the recto to some kind of count by curators at the time of the acquisition. Curatorial annotations in Nagler numbers 'Maria mit dem Jesuskinde, nach C. Dolce, 1768: rund in 4' as '28' with a reference to a Lord Fitzwilliam print album, 33.A.10, which once contained mezzotints. The annotation indicates that an impression of this plate was 'n[umber] 130' in the album. The mezzotints from this album have since been mounted separately, but '130' does not appear to be among them - CHECK to see if still in ALBUM?

Legal notes

Given by Augustus Arthur VanSittart, ?1879

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by VanSittart, Augustus Arthur


Production date: 1768-12-20 AD 1768


Mezzotint with etching. Full margins (245mm x 210mm x 315mm x 245mm). Lettered below the image in dotted and scratched letters with artists' names, to left: 'Carlo Dolci. Pinx.t' and to right: 'R.d Earlom. Sculp'. Publisher's name below the image at the centre in engraved italics: 'J. Boydell excudit.'. Below, engraved in italics but with 'Carlino Dolci' engraved in closed roman letters: 'From the Original Picture Painted by Carlino Dolci, in the Collection / of S.r George Colebrooke Bar.t'. Engraved in italics above the platemark at lower left: 'Size of the Picture 2f, 7i Diam.r' and at lower right: 'Published Dec.r 20th 1768.' Faint workings in the margins around the image. Inscribed in graphite in large script at lower right: '398' and at lower right corner: '2-6'. Inscribed on the verso in pen and ink: '1223'. Inscribed in graphite on the verso in a curatorial hand: 'VanSittart Collection'. See also Lord Fitzwilliam impression in album 33.A.10-130 (ref. given in Nagler vol. 4, p.53, [Earlom] 28).

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.14988-R
Primary reference Number: 240035
Wessely (Earlom): 66
Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon): 4.28 (p.53)
Lugt: L.2479ter
Chaloner Smith: undescribed
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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