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Engravings From The Original Designs Of Annibale, Agostino, And Ludovico Caracci, In His Majesty's Collection. Consisting Of Elegant Compositions And Studies For The Various Celebrated Pictures In The Different Palaces And Cabinets At Rome, Bologna, Parma, Milan, &c. Published By John Chamberlaine, F.S.A. And Keeper Of The King's Medals And Drawings.

RA Collection: Book

Record number



London:: Printed By W. Bulmer And Co. And Sold By George Nicol, Bookseller To His Majesty; Edwards, Pall-Mall; Robson, Fleet-Street; And Messrs. White, Fleet-Street., 1797. [-1807?]

Physical Description

5, [1] p., frontis., engr. dedic., [13] pl.; 553 mm. (Broadsheet).

General Note

Plate [6] is engraved 'Pl. XIV'; plate [7] is engraved 'Pl. [number illegible]'; plate [9] is engraved 'Pl. XI'; plate [11] is engraved 'Pl. IX'.


[Frontis., t.p., engr. dedic.] - The Caraccis - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

All plates carry the name of the source-artist. Those dated 1796 or 1797 carry also the name of the engraver, F. Bartolozzi; those dated 1806 or 1807 and the undated plate [7] carry the names of the engravers, P.W. Tomkins, I. Stephanoff, L. Schiavonetti, G.S. Facius or F. Bartolozzi. The engraved dedication is signed as scripted by Tomkins and engraved by Merrifield [i.e. Thomas Merrifield?].

Each plate carries Chamberlaine's imprint.

The work is dedicated by Chamberlaine to the Princess of Wurtemberg, Princess Augusta and Princess Elizabeth.


ESTC, N50135
R. Wittkower, The drawings of the Carracci in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle (1952).

Summary Note

The title-page is dated 1797, but several plates carry later dates. All the plates carry dates, except pl. [7]. They were issued serially as follows: April 11 1796 (pl. [2], [4]); May 7 1796 (pl. [13]); May 13 1796 (frontis.); January 18 1797 (pl. [1], [3]); April 17 1797 (pl. [5]); May 5 1806 (pl. [10]); March 20 1807 (pl. [6]); April 15 1807 (pl. [8], [11], [12]); May 17 1807 (pl. [9]). (According to ESTC publication of the plates continued to 1811.)

The frontispiece and seven plates show drawings by Annibale; one, by Agostino; two, by A. Caracci; three, by Ludovico.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Copy Note


The frontispiece and the thirteen plates have been numbered throughout in pencil, 'XVIII' to 'XXXI' - plate [6] having its engraved plate number 'XIV' altered to 'XXIV', pl. [7] having its illegible engraved plate number altered to 'XXV', plate [9] having its engraved plate number 'XI' altered to 'XXVII' and pl. [11] having its engraved plate number 'IX' altered to 'XXIX'.

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'RA', red morocco spine-label lettered 'Leonardo Da Vinci'. Bound with Imitations Of Original Designs By Leonardo Da Vinci ... Published by John Chamberlaine (1796) and a collection of engravings after Claude and others.

Name as Subject


Drawings, Italian - History - 17th century
Collections - Great Britain - Berkshire - Windsor Castle - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


John Chamberlaine, publisher
Annibale Carracci, source artist
Lodovico Carracci, source artist
Agostino Carracci, source artist
Peltro William Tomkins, engraver, draughtsman
Francesco Bartolozzi RA, engraver
Thomas Merrifield, script engraver?
James Stephanoff, engraver
Luigi Schiavonetti, engraver
Georg Siegmund Facius, engraver
William Bulmer, printer
George Nicol, bookseller