Michel Corneille the Younger - Virgin and Child, infant Baptist & St Anne

Description
Michel Corneille the Younger - Virgin and Child, infant Baptist & St Anne
Etching - signed - 1667-1708

Landscape with Virgin and Child, the infant Baptist embracing Child, and St Anne sitting next to an ornate cradle.

Inscription: M. Corneille scul. (and other words that are difficult to read) Initials “RA” on a tablet.

On laid paper, with “grape” watermark

Condition: Generally a good impression, but the landscape in the background is weak. Three of the corners are torn & damaged. Several small areas where surface show signs of wear or rubbing and small tears. Top left corner is missing & repaired. See photos.

The British Museum curator wrote "According to Robert-Dumesnil, 'RA' could stand for 'Roma', where the plate would have been executed".
However, it is also possible that the initials "RA" was added to the print to suggest that the design was by Raphael.

Reference: Robert-Dumesnil 1835-71 VI.294.13

British Museum Online Collection: V,4.113 with image

Michel Corneille the Younger: French painter, etcher & engraver, born 1642 & died 1708 in Paris. Working in Rome 1659-63. Son of the artist Michel Corneille the Elder. Trained by his father, and by Charles Le Brun and Pierre Mignard. Corneille painted for the king at Versailles, Meudon, and Fontainebleau. He etched and engraved over a hundred plates. A dishonest dealer put Raphael's name on some of Michel Corneille's plates.

Lot details
Artist
Michel Corneille the Younger
Title of artwork
Virgin and Child, infant Baptist & St Anne
Year
1667-1708
Technique
Etching
Signature
signed
Condition
See description
Sold with frame
No
Image size
30.6×22.5 cm
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