Essays after the Cartoons of Raphael at Windsor Drawn by the gracious Permission of His Majesty and by Permission most humbly Inscribed to Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain By Her Majesty’s most Grateful Devoted Servant J. Ruyssen
London, Joseph Ruyssen, [plates dated 1798-1801]
Extremely rare set of fifteen prints reproducing in actual size heads in Raphael’s cartoons for the Sistine Chapel tapestry series “The Acts of the Apostles”. The prints were engraved by Antoine Cardon after drawings made by Nicolas Joseph Ruyssen, and issued in three fascicules dated 1798, 1800, and 1801. As heads in only six of the seven cartoons are engraved, the intention was probably to produce further prints.