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Recueil de XC Têtes tirées des Sept Cartons des Actes des Apôtres peints par Raphl. Urbin, qui se conservent dans le Palais d'Hampton-Court, dessinées par le Chevr. Nic: Dorigny, et gravées par les meilleurs Graveurs, mis en lumiere a Londres avec une Description par Benjamin Ralph. A Collection of 90 Heads, taken from the Cartons painted by Ralph: Urban, at Hampton Court. Drawn by Sr. Nic: Dorigny, & Engraved under his direction. With a Description of the Cartons, Benjamin Ralph.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Collection of 90 Heads, taken from the Cartons


Sold by J. Boydell Engraver, in Cheapside London: [17--?]

Physical Description

24 p., engr. t.-pl., 45 pl.; 282×385mm. (Oblong ).


[Title-pl.] - A Description Of The Cartons of Raphael Urbin. [I-VII] - Index - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The plates are signed as painted by Raphael and engraved by N. Pigné or other engravers - C. Dupuis, G. Duchange, D. Beauvais, N. Dupuis, S. Thomassin, L. Desplaces, N. Tardieu, B. Lepissié. Only plate 4 is signed as drawn by Dorigny.


L. Bianchi, 'La fortuna di Raffaello nell'incisione', in M. Salmi, ed., Raffaello: l'opera, le fontane, la fortuna (1968), II, p.647-89.

S. Fermor, The Raphael Tapestry Cartoons (1996); J. Shearman, Raphael's Cartoons In The Collection Of Her Majesty The Queen And The Tapestries For The Sistine Chapel (1972).

Summary Note

Each plate shows two heads - taken from Raphael's seven cartoons depicting two events from the Gospels and five from the Acts of the Apostles.

They are reproduced from those published in 1722 by Marie Maugis, but are placed in a different order.

The text of Benjamin Ralph's 'Description' concentrates on composition and the expressiveness of figures and heads, and exemplifies the eighteenth-century concern with 'sensibilité'. His index is an index of emotions, ranging from 'Affection; Agony ... ' to 'Wonder and astonishment; Zeal'.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century marbled-papered boards; rebacked and recornered in calf in 1990; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Cartons Of Raphael Urbin'.

Name as Subject


Apostles - Saints - Bible stories - Heads (representations) - Emotion - Iconography
Cartoons (working drawings), Italian
Interior decoration - Great Britain - Hampton Court Palace - History
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Sir Nicolas Dorigny, draughtsman
Raphael, source artist
Benjamin Ralph, commentator
John Boydell, publisher, bookseller
Nicolas Pigne, engraver
Charles Dupuis, engraver
Gaspard Duchange, engraver
Nicolas Dauphin de Beauvais, engraver
Nicolas-Gabriel Dupuis, engraver
Louis Desplaces, engraver
Francois Bernard Lépicié, engraver
Simon Thomassin, engraver
Nicolas Henri Tardieu, engraver