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Umrisse zur Veranschaulichung Alt-christlicher Kunst in Italien vom Jahr 1200, bis 1600; - nach Durchzeichnungen und mit Gelæuterungen des Herausgebers J.A. Ramboux in Coeln. Heft Nro.

Johann Anton Ramboux

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Contours Pour Servir A L'Histoire De L'Art Chretien


Gedr. v. J.C. Baum, in Cöln.: [1854-1858.]

Physical Description

23 loose f., engr. t.pl., 300 loose pl. in box; 682 mm. (Broadsheet.)

General Note

In the Royal Academy's copy the plates are numbered: 1-15, 21, 17-25, 32-36, 31-101, 103, 103-124, 31, 126-300.


[T.pl.] - [Text]; Annonce - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The plates are unsigned.


E. Zahn, Johann Anton Ramboux in Trier [exhibition catalogue] (1980); Johann Anton Ramboux Maler und Konservator 1790-1866 [exhibition catalogue] (1966); P.O. Rave, 'Ramboux und die Wiederentdeckung altitalienischer Malerei in der Zeit der Romantik', in Wallraf-Richarz- Jahrb., 12-13 (1943), p.231-58.

Summary Note

A French title is given on the printed label pasted to the upper cover of the box in which the loose leaves are housed: 'Contours Pour Servir A L'Histoire De L'Art Chretien De 1200 à 1600, Faits En Italie, calqués sur les peintures des anciens Maîtres, avec le Texte explicatif de l'éditeur J.A. Ramboux, Conservateur du Musée de Cologne.' No publication-date is given. The work appeared serially: the descriptive text lists 300 plates in sixty 'cahiers', and the 'Annonce' states that 'ouvrages suivantes qui vont paraître successivement, peuvent en partie servir à compléter cette serie ... paraîteront par cahier ...'. The text is printed in German and French in parallel columns.


Given by William Smith in 1865 (gift acknowledged 14 November 1865, RA Council Minutes, XII, 249).

Copy Note

Imperfect: lacks the first leaf of text. The upper cover of the box carries a second label inscribed in ink, 'Ramboux. Contours pour servir a l'histoire de l'art de 1200 a 1600 Press 6. Shelf 4. S;A;H:' A label pasted to the side of the box is inscribed in ink, 'Contours pour servir à l'Histoire de l'Art de 1200 a 1600 par Ramboux.'

Binding Note

Loose leaves in a blue box carrying a printed label on its upper cover, and inscribed labels on the upper cover and side.

Name as Subject


Christian art and symbolism - Saints
Paintings - Italy - History - 13th century - 14th century - 15th century - Renaissance
Art history - Germany - 19th century
Pictorial works - Germany - 19th century


J. C. Baum, printer
William Smith, 1808-1876, donor, previous owner