After Leonardo da Vinci, Caricature of a Lawyer or Academic - 1806 etching print


An original 1806 etching print, After Leonardo da Vinci Caricature of a Lawyer or Academic.

This crayon-manner etching engraved by Shepster is after an original drawing by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection. It shows a caricature of an elderly academic or lawyer in a hooded robe, holding a scroll.

The etching was produced in 1806 for a volume entitled 'Original Designs of the Most Celebrated Masters of the Bolognese, Roman, Florentine, and Venetian Schools', selected by John Chamberlaine and published in London in 1812. John Chamberlaine was the King’s Keeper of Drawings and Medals. Soon after his appointment in February 1791, he inaugurated three publications, each reproducing ‘in facsimile’ drawings in the Royal Collection - this print forming part of the second volume. The same team of engravers was employed on all three pro­jects: Francesco Bartolozzi, his pupils, or artists associated with him.

This etching reproduces Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing at actual size and the crayon manner is used to faithfully render the master’s image.

Lettered beneath image: 'From the Original Drawing by Leo: da Vinci. / Shepster Sculpt. / IN HIS MAJESTY'S COLLECTION. / Publish'd as the Acts directs Octr.10.1806 by J.Chamberlaine. Scotland Yard.'

Margins somewhat trimmed. Loss at the lower right corner of the sheet. Some minor marks and creasing, including some horizontal creasing across the centre of the sheet. Wear to the lower edge of the sheet, with slight nicks. Please see photos for detail.
Image size: 20.8cm x 15.1cm.
Sheet size: 30 x 22.2cm. Unframed.

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Product code: JN-182

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