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Original Designs of the Most Celebrated Masters of the Bolognese, Roman, Florentine, ad Venetian schools; comprising some of the works of Leonardo da Vinci, the Caracci, Claude Lorraine, Raphael, Michel Angelo, the Poussins, and others, in His Majesty's Collection; engraved by Bartolozzi, P.W. Tomkins, Schiavonetti, Lewis, and other eminent engravers; with biographical and historical sketches of L. da Vinci and the Caracci. By J. Chamberlaine ...

RA Collection: Book

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London: Printed by W. Bulmer & Co., sold by G. & W. Nicol, 1812.

Physical Description

2 parts; 575 mm. (Broadsheet).

General Note

Catalogued by National Art Library and Oxford University as having 73 pl. on 65 sheets.

Responsibility Note

In the Royal Academy's holding all plates carry the name of the source artist and that of the engraver - F.C. Lewis, G. Lewis or P.W. Tomkins.

Each carries the publisher's imprint of J. Chamberlaine and (except in one case) the date.


The reception of Claude's drawings and paintings in Britain is discussed in M. Kitson, 'Turner and Claude', in Turner Stud., 2:2 (1983), p.2-15; Classic ground: British artists and the landscape of Italy, by D. Bull et al. [exhibition catalogue] (1981); J.M. Friedman, Color printing in England 1486-1870 [exhibition catalogue] (1978), 17; C. Pace, 'Claude the enchanted: interpretations of Claude in England in the earlier nineteenth century', in Burlington Magazine, CXI (1969), p.733-40.

Summary Note

This publication was a reissue of Imitations Of Original Designs By Leonardo da Vinci ... In His Majesty's Collection (1796) and Engravings From The Original Designs Of Annibale, Agostino, And Ludovico Caracci, In His Majesty's Collection ...(1797), with additions but including the two original title-pages. The Royal Academy already possessed the two earlier publications (recorded as acquired by 1802), and it appears to have acquired only additional leaves from the new publication - but only thirteen of those. These thirteen leaves carry fourteen plates; of which three carry two images - making a total of seventeen images. The tenth to the sixteenth of these carry engraved numbers XLI to XLVII; the first nine have had the numbers XXXII to XL added in pencil (in some cases replacing earlier engraved numbers); the seventeenth has had the number XLVIII added in pencil. Publication-dates of 1807 or 1809 are carried on all fourteen plates, apart from that numbered XLVII, which is undated.

The prints all show drawings by Claude, apart from the two numbered XLII and XLVII, which show drawings by Poussin, and the two numbered XLIII and XLVI, which show drawings by Raphael.

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; spine lettered 'RA', red morocco spine-label lettered 'Leonardo Da Vinci'. Bound with 2 others.

Name as Subject


Drawings, Italian - Drawings, French - Italy - Rome - 16th century - 17th century - Renaissance - Baroque
Collections - Great Britain - Berkshire - Windsor Castle - 18th century - 19th century
Pictorial works - Aquatints - Great Britain - 19th century


John Chamberlaine
Claude Lorrain, source artist
Frederick Christian Lewis Snr., engraver
George Robert Lewis, engraver
Peltro William Tomkins, engraver
Nicolas Poussin, source artist
Raphael, source artist
William Bulmer, printer
George Nicol, bookseller
William Nicol, bookseller

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