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Raccolta Di Cento Pensieri Diversi Di Anton Domenico Gabbiani Pittor Fiorentino Fatti Intagliare In Rame Da Ignazio Enrico Hugford Pittore E Suo Discepolo, Nel Modo, E Forma, Che Sono Gli Originali, Esistenti Nella Di Lui Collezione In Firenze, E Dal Medesimo Dedicata A Sua Eccellenza Il Sig. Bali Di Breteuil Ambasciatore Della Sacra Eminentissima Religione Gerosolimitana In Roma.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Vita Di Anton Domenico Gabbiani


In Firenze.: MDCCLXII., Nella Stamperia Moückiana. Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

11, [1], xi, [i], 72 p., frontis. (port.), [73] leaves carrying 100 pl.; 452 mm. (Folio).

General Note

Pl. XXXIX is misnumbered as 'XIXXX'; pl. XXXXV as 'VI'. Pl. LXXXIII and LXXXIV have been transposed.


[Half-t., frontis. (port.), t.p., dedic.] - Motivo Della Presente Raccolta [incl. list of 100 pl.] - [Divisional t.p., 'Vita Di Anton Domenico Gabbiani ...'] - [T.p., 'Vita Di Anton Domenico Gabbiani ... Da Ignazio Enrico Hugford ... Firenze, MDCCLXII ...', dedic.] - A' Cortesi Lettori - [Text, 'Notizie Della Vita ...'] - Tavola Delle Cose Più Notabili - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece (showing Gabbiani's 1685 self-portrait) is signed as drawn by Joan. Bapt. Cipriani and engraved by Carol. Faucci. The hundred numbered plates are all signed as drawn by Gabbiani. Most are signed as engraved by G.B. Cipriani, A. Cioci or A. Scacciati; others by C.B. Gregori, J.A. Sveicart (or Schweikart), C. Faucii, V. Vangelisti, G.B. Galli, S. Pacini, G. Lindemain, F. Bartolozzi and Wagner. Plate 73 is signed as engraved by Hugford; plates 20, 30, 31, 50 are not signed by an engraver.


M. Chiarini, 'Inediti del settecento Fiorentino: Antonio Domenico Gabbiani, Ignazio Hugford, Gian Domenico Ferretti', in Scritti di storia dell'arte in onore di Ugo Procacci, 2 v. (1977), vol. 2, p. 586-9. On Hugford see F. Lui, 'Un oltremontano a Firenze: Ignazio Enrico Hugford, pittore, storiografo, collezionista', in Gazzetta Antiquaria (1994), p.62-7.

Summary Note

Earlier publication-dates are carried by some plates - 1747 (pl. 49, 72), 1751 (frontispiece), 1759 (pl. 98).

Hugford's biography of Gabbiani remains a major source of information on this painter. Hugford, himself a painter and teacher (both Bartolozzi and Cipriani were among his pupils), was equally well known as a collector and dealer. Several of the drawings which he acquired passed to British collectors such as Horace Mann and Horace Walpole.

Many plates imitate the manner of a wash by using a controlled lavis technique invented by J.A. Schweikart.


Purchased by 1780. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Copy Note

Imperfect; wanting plate LXXIX.

Binding Note

18th-century mottled calf, with royal arms of Britain and 'R.A.' gilt-stamped on upper cover; rebacked in 20th century, spine stamped 'R.A.', red morocco spine-label lettered 'Cento Pensieri Da Gabbiani'.

Name as Subject


Drawings, Italian - Draughtsmen - Painters - Italy - Florence - History - 17th century - 18th century
Collections - Italy - Florence - 18th century
Biography - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Aquatints - Italy - 18th century
Armorial bindings - Great Britain - 18th century


Anton Domenico Gabbiani, source artist
Ignazio Enrico Hugford, editor, engraver
Giovanni Battista Cipriani RA, draughtsman, engraver
Carlo Faucci, engraver
Carlo Bart. Gregori, engraver
Johann Adam Schweikart, engraver
Antonio Cioci, engraver
Andrea Scacciati, engraver
Vincenzo Vangelisti, engraver
G. B. Galli, engraver
Santi Pacini, engraver
Gio. Lindemain, engraver
Francesco Bartolozzi RA, engraver
Giuseppe Wagner, engraver
Stamperia Moückiana (Florence), printer