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Notice sur le grand tableau de P.P. Rubens. Baptême de Jésus-Christ par Saint-Jean.
Ghent 1830?].
[2], 6 p., [1] etch. pl. ; 23.5 cm. (4º)

Parallel texts in French and English. The plate is an outline etching of the painting signed 'Ch. Onghena Sc.' Access to view the painting was given through 'Mme la Veuve De Busscher-Braeckman, Marché aux Grains, ou chez Mr [Charles] Onghena, Graveur, rue des Champs.' (p. [2]). The work formed part of the triptych that Vincenzo I commissioned Rubens to paint in 1604 for the Jesuit church of the Holy Trinity at Mantua. Following the fall of Mantua to the French in 1797 however, Rubens's 'Baptism' soon joined the flood of Italian art sold abroad, and in 1810 apparently exchanged hands in England for 300 gns. It was in the possession of the Ghent dealer, Johannes Schamp van Aveschoot, by 1830, but not included in the dispersal sale of the latter's collection in 1840. The painting is now in the Musée Royal des Beaux-Arts at Antwerp (Catalogue descriptif: maítres anciens, 2e éd. (1958), p. 194, no. 707).

Copy Notes With original plain blue paper wrappers present, the upper inscribed in ink Sr J. Soane. &c. &c./ 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields / [line crossed out: Au Duc de Suterland] / de la part de Jn Schamp d'aveschoot / de Gand, and in pencil 1866--1896, the dates specified by Soane for the opening of the receptacles sealed according to his instructions. Bound (2) in a collection of pamphlets on the arts.

Binding Later C19th half calf, blind double-rule borders, brown cloth boards, blind- and gilt-ruled spine, black spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Pamphlets / Piranesi Etc'. Numbered '53' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 3247


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