Raphael (Raffaello Sanzi or Santi), by William Young Ottley
Original etching, 1810
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Raphael (Raffaello Sanzi or Santi), Italian painter and architect of the Italian High Renaissance. Raphael is best known for his Madonnas and for his large figure compositions in the Vatican in Rome.
A very fine early etching from 'The Italian School of Design' published by William Young Ottley printed 1810, etched by G. Lewis: British, eighteenth century engraver.
William Young Ottley; 1771-1836. Studied art under Cuitt and then at the Royal Academy. He went to Italy to research works of Renaissance art and when he returned to London, published portfolios and books on the subject. The Italian School of Design stands as his highest achievement after the masters of the High Renaissance, Ottley started work in 1812, publishing etchings and engravings, his collection contained eighty-four plates, engraved by such artists as F. C. Lewis, Luigi Schiavonetti, William Long and Thomas Vivares. In 1833 Ottley was appointed to the post of Keeper of the Prints for the British Museum.
An excellent etching which is bright, unfaded and crisp in rich sepia ink, with fine detail, tone and color. The image size measuring approximately 28 cms. x 21cms.(11 x 8¼ ins.) within a strong platemark and excellent impression, on an early wove paper sheet size of 38 cms. x 33 cms. (15 x 13 ins.)
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.