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Trophy of arms against a background of oblique lines. c.1515
Engraving with dry-point effect
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Height: 104 millimetres
Width: 70 millimetres
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- The series of 24 albums from V,1 to 19, followed (since in 1837 U was deemed to follow V in alphabetical order) by the albums U,1 to 11 and X,1 to 3, was formed by Thomas Philipe between 1808 and 1810 to hold Italian prints. These primarily came from the Cracherode collection, for Cracherode collected Italian prints above all others. But they also included prints from the collections of Sir Hans Sloane, and the collection of early engravings formed by Dr John Monro (see his biography). The last was purchased from his son James in 1806, and no list or account survives of what was in it.
V,1 contained 147 prints by what the period regarded as the early Italian masters - meaning more or less the engravers who are chronologically or stylistically before Marcantonio, and who were later included by A M Hind in his corpus of early Italian engraving. Since most of these prints are now mounted and the versos cannot be seen, it is often impossible to be sure which collection they came from.
The present print, as others, is more likely to come from Monro than from any other collector. It is certain that Philipe would have put all the Monro prints into this first volume V,1 given that Monro's was specifically a collection of early prints (all his early German ones are placed for the same reason in E,1). Philipe probably kept them together, and one can see that the first 75 prints in this album (with a few obvious exceptions) are all XVc prints, whereas the later ones are XVIc and differ in character. A few of the Mantegna's and Leonardo's are marked as from Sloane or Cracherode (who was interested in both artists), but in the absence of other evidence, early Italian prints between V,1.1 to 75 have a high probability of being Monro's.
After Leonardo the sequence of artists was Fra Bartolommeo, Andrea del Sarto, Daniele da Volterra, Francesco Salviati, Bronzino, and at the end a mixture of other Florentine painters of the XVIc and XVIIc. The album was numbered from 1 to 147, and there were also two extra items with asterisks which were perhaps added later. The album was broken up by G W Reid in July 1872.
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