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image P394

John Dean (1754 - 1802)

The Decollation of St. John

31/01/1783

Engraving

Museum number: P394

Curatorial note

An engraving by John Dean (1750-1798) after William Dobson's The Executioner with the Head of John the Baptist, circa 1640, now in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (WAG2993), which is in itself after Matthias Stomer's original version (Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist) now in the National Gallery (NG6645) and exhibited in Beyond Caravaggio (exh. cat.), The National Gallery, London, 12 October 2016 - 15 January 2017, National Gallery, Ireland, Dublin, 11 February - 14 May 2017, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, 17 June - 24 September 2017 (46; with Dobson illus.), which may have been brought to England by one of his presumed teachers, Gerrit van Honthorst, when the latter arrived at the invitation of King Charles I in 1628 - presented by the Trustees of Sir Denis Mahon's Charitable Trust through the Art Fund, 2013. It differs in that it lacks the right arm of the executioner.

Inscribed: Published January 31st 1783 by J. Dean No. 23 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden. From the original picture at Wilton House in the collection of the Earl of Pembroke [Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (1656-1733)], to whom this plate is respectfully inscribed by his Lordships oblg’d and obt servt. John Dean. The Decollation of St. John.


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