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- Series: Recueil de testes de caractere et de charges (Collection of caricatures and types)
Title page, a decorated frame inside which Hercules and Hydra are fighting. 1730 (published in 1767)
Etching and aquatint, brown ink
- Production date
- 1730 (published in 1767)
Height: 227 millimetres
Height: 283 millimetres
Width: 157 millimetres (plate-mark)
Width: 215 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- The titlepage to a series of sixty-six plates reproducing drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. Plates from 1 to 62 are numbered and bear the monogram C (= Caylus). The title page, plates 63 and 64 are etched by Bonnet (63 after Leonardo and 64 after Ludovico Cigoli).
This is a later edition, published in 1767. The first edition was published in 1730 (a copy of which is in Prints and Drawings 1856,0809.26.1-61, shelfmark 164.a.4) it comprises sixty prints. The first edition does not have Plate 63 that occurs in the 1767 edition.
The title-page of the 1767 edition is signed by Bonnet rather than by Caylus; we assume it refers to the fact Bonnet added some tone (maniere de lavis) to the plate etched by Caylus. Bonnet's colouring mirrors that of the title-page of the first edition, which was done with a woodblock.
The publication begins with a descriptive letter about Leonardo written by P. J. Mariette ('Lettre sur Leonard de Vinci, peintre florentin. A monsieur le Comte de Caylus', pp. 3-29) followed by a description of the paintings and drawings engraved after Leonardo (Catalogue des pieces, pp. 31-35).The series is bound in a brown leather.
The prints reproduce drawings by Caylus from the so-called 'Mariette Album of Drawings after Leonardo da Vinci' (Département des Arts Graphiques du Musée du Louvre, Paris, RF 28725 - RF 28785). For a complete description see Carmen C. Bambach, 'Leonardo da Vinci Master Draftsman', New York 2003, cat. nos 137 (drawings) and 138 (first edition of the prints).
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