|Method||Etching with engraving and stipple|
|Artist||Nicolas-Henri Tardieu after Louis Chéron|
|Published||London Sold by Tho: Bowles in St. Paul's-Churchyard. [c.1721]|
|Dimensions||Image 333 x 417 mm|
Title page from VII Tabulae Raphaelis Urbin, a series of eight plates (a title and seven scenes) reproducing the cartoons executed by Raphael for a series of tapestries for the Sistine Chapel commissioned by Pope Leo X.
An allegorical scene with a portrait of Raphael on a pedestal at the centre. The figure of Painting, depicted with brushes and palette, sits to the left of the portrait, whilst Sculpture leans on the Belvedere Torso on the right. Above them, Time draws back a curtain to unveil Raphael's Transfiguration, which is pointed to by the figure of Disegno.
Inscribed within image with Latin text and: The Seven Cartons of Raphael Urbin / that King Charles ye I. bought by the Advice / of Paul Ruben & which are preserv'd in ye Gallery / at Hampton Court erected for that Purpose / by the Order of King William & Q. Mary.
Nicolas-Henri Tardieu (1674-1749) was a French engraver, best-known for his reproductions of Antoine Watteau's paintings, and as the founder of a dynasty of painters and engravers. Born in Paris, he was a student of Pierre Lepautre, and Gérard and Benoit Audran. In 1706 he married Louise-Françoise Aveline, a relative of the engraver Pierre Aveline. In 1712 Tardieu married Marie-Anne Horthemels, a daughter of the Dutch bookseller Daniel Horthemels. As well as being a talented engraver herself, Marie-Anne's sister Louise-Magdeleine Horthemels, was an engraver who married Charles-Nicolas Cochin, graveur du roi. Her other sister married Alexis Simon Belle, peintre ordinaire du roi. Tardieu was accredited to the Academy in the 1712. He was received as a member of the Royal Academy and graveur du roi in 1720. Tardieu made engravings for several publications, as well as for the Crozat Collection and the Galerie de Versailles. His son, Jacques-Nicolas Tardieu (1718-1759), and his nephew, Pierre Francois Tardieu (c.1711-1774) were also engravers. His grandson Jean-Charles Tardieu (1765-1830), became a prominent painter.
Louis Chéron (1660-1725) was a French history painter and book illustrator. Born in Paris, he was the younger brother of the artist Elizabeth Sophie Chéron. He won the Prix de Rome at the Academy in 1676 and 1678. A Protestant, he moved to London in the 1690s. Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu was one of his patrons. He became a denizen in 1703, and a British citizen in 1710. Chéron taught at Kneller's Academy from 1711, and from 1720 at the St Martin's Lane Academy, of which he was a founder member.
Condition: Trimmed close to image and laid on album page. Small hole near centre of image, small repaired tears to lower left corner of image.