- Museum number
Object: The death of Joseph
Series: Houghton Gallery
Christ and Virgin surrounding St Joseph, who is lying on his death bed and looking at Christ. Plate 15 of Vol.2 of the 'Houghton Gallery'. 1780
Etching and engraving
- Production date
Height: 131 millimetres
Width: 167 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From 'The Houghton Gallery', a set of 133 prints reproducing paintings from the collection of Sir Robert Walpole at Houghton. The project was initiated by John Boydell after it had become increasingly likely that the collection at Hougthon would have had to be sold (the paintings were eventually sold to Catherine of Russia in 1778 and became part of the collection of the Hermitage Museum). The plates were published from 1774 to 1788, when they were gathered in two volumes (first volume of 62 plates, with 60 numbered plates, a frontispiece and a title-page; second volume of 71 plates, with 69 numbered plates, a frontispiece and a title-page).
Forty-five engravers took part in the project.
According to the 1837 inventory, a complete set of the 'Houghton Gallery' was in two volumes at the British Museum placed as Kk,4 and Ll,6. It was later broken up and the plates distributed under the works of the painters. These impressions were later given 'U' numbers, which were replaced by the original numbers in 2019. There are 18 prints missing. These were probably sold or exchanged as duplicates during the nineteenth century. (AVG)
See G. M. Rubinstein, 'Richard Earlom (1743-1822) and Boydell's Houghton Gallery', in 'Print Quarterly', VIII (1991), No1, p. 2-22.
This plate is the fifteenth in the second volume. While the lettering attributes the original composition to 'Velasco' (either Velázquez or A. A. Palomino), the painting is now given to Alonso Cano.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Houghton Gallery
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- for comment on the acquisition history see Ll,6.1
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Other BM number: 2005,U.109