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Recueil Basan

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  • Title (series)

    • Recueil Basan
  • Description

    Christ before Pilate: large plate; Christ standing on a platform at right, wearing the thorn-crown and the cloak, Pontius Pilate seated in front of him under a canopy, a group of four men addressing Pilate, a crowd onlooking at left; three putti on clouds in the lower middle below the image; copy in same direction after Rembrandt; from an edition of the Recueil published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810. 1775


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    • 1775
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 238 millimetres
    • Width: 306 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image, on both sides of the putti: "A la Gloire de Dieu / Se vend presentment, A Paris ches Espauts et Rapilly, Rue St Jacques a la ville de Coritance, / 1 Paris ches Le Bas Graveur Pensionnaire du Roi, Rue de la Harpe "
  • Curator's comments

    This is a copy in the same direction after Rembrandt's 'Christ before Pilate' (large plate). For the Rembrandt etching see F,4.180. This copy was originally made for the publishers Esnault & Rapilly in Paris. After 1804, when Esnault & Rapilly closed, the plate became part of the Recueil Basan.

    For comment on the volume, which was published by Henri Louis Basan around 1810, see 1941,0327.11.1


  • Bibliography

    • Hind 143 (copy) bibliographic details
    • IFF 320 bibliographic details
    • White+Boon 77 (copy 1) bibliographic details
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