Thirty Print Highlights from
The Royal Collection

Celebrating Thirty Years

In celebration of its 30th anniversary in 2015, the London Original Print Fair hosted a special exhibition of Thirty Print Highlights from the Royal Collection.

The selection demonstrates the strength and diversity of the Royal Collection, including not only prints by or after recognised masters such as Dürer, Raphael, Castiglione and Canaletto, but also portraits, topographical prints, maps, prints of historic events, and prints executed by royal printmakers, among them Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Together they embody the full range of techniques available to printmakers over three and a half centuries.

 

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Friedrich Weber after Alessandro d’Anna

Friedrich Weber after Alessandro d’Anna

Friedrich Weber (1765–1811) after Alessandro d’Anna (1746–1810)
The Eruption of Mount Etna
Published by Tessari & Co., Paris
c.1800
Aquatint and etching, printed in colour from three plates, with touches of bodycolour and wash
58.6 x 43.5 cm
RCIN 704028

 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Tommaso Piroli and James Gillray

Tommaso Piroli and James Gillray

Tommaso Piroli (1752–1824) after Friedrich Rehberg (1758–1835)
Emma, Lady Hamilton’s ‘attitudes', plate III, 1794
Engraving and etching on ochre prepared paper, 26.3 x 20.1 cm
RCIN 655736
Purchased by the Prince Regent (later George IV) from Colnaghi & Co. on 15 April 1816 for 7s 6d (for the set)

 

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James Gillray (1756–1815)
A New Edition Considerably Enlarged of Attitudes Faithfully Copied from Nature, plate III
1807
Etching on blue paper
25.9 x 19.6 cm
RCIN 655737
Purchased by the Prince of Wales (later George IV) from Hannah Humphrey on 24 April 1807 for 15s (for the set)

 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Bartolomeo Coriolano after Guido Reni

Bartolomeo Coriolano after Guido Reni
Bartolomeo Coriolano (c.1599–c.1676) after Guido Reni (1575–1642)
The Fall of the Giants
1641 (this state published 1647)
Chiaroscuro woodcut from twelve blocks on four sheets
93.5 x 67.0 cm
RCIN 807713
 
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–64)
The Nativity
c
.1655
Monotype
24.7 x 37.3 cm
RCIN 970069

 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Rupert, Prince Palatine of the Rhine

Rupert, Prince Palatine of the Rhine

Rupert, Prince Palatine of the Rhine (1619-82)
The Great Executioner
1658
Mezzotint
62.6 x 43.7 cm
RCIN 503058

 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Thomas Rowlandson

Thomas Rowlandson

Thomas Rowlandson (1757–1827)
First and Second Floor Lodgers
1786
Etching and stipple with hand colouring
41.0 x 25.3 cm
RCIN 810222
Purchased by the Prince of Wales (later George IV) from William Holland in 1790 for 3s 6d

 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Paul Sandby after Thomas Sandby

Thomas Sandby

Paul Sandby (1731–1809) after Thomas Sandby (1721–98)
The Cascade at Virginia Water (proof state)
c.1754
Etching with brush and ink
55.8 x 31.3 cm
RCIN 917947

 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Cesare Vecellio

Cesare Vecellio

Cesare Vecellio (1521–1601)
Henri III
Published 1 August 1574
Woodcut, hand coloured
37.4 x 28.4 cm
RCIN 616591

 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

After Cornelis de Vos

After Cornelis de Vos

After Cornelis de Vos (c.1584–1651)
'Charles I and Henrietta Maria playing cards'
Published by Jaspar Isaac, Paris
 c.1630
Engraving
17.3 x 40.1 cm, with Cassiano's twin-line mount
RCIN 601934

 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Giorgio Ghisi after Raphael

Giorgio Ghisi after Raphael

Giorgio Ghisi (1520–82) after Raphael (1483–1520)
The School of Athens (left half, proof state)
c.1550
Engraving
51.4 x 42.6 cm
RCIN 852527

 

Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015