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Rubens and Family, after Jacob Jordaens

1780
18th century
63.4 cm x 47.8 cm (24 15/16 in. x 18 13/16 in.)

James Watson (Dublin, circa 1740 - 1790, London) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Mezzotint
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Lawrence Lawver, 2010
Accession Number: 2010.79

In 1779 the famous collection of Old Masters formed by the great English statesman Robert Walpole was sold by his descendents to Catherine the Great of Russia. To record what was regarded as a departing national treasure, the publisher John Boydell commissioned a series of mezzotints after the collection’s most important paintings. Named for Walpole’s residence, the Houghton Gallery was one of the major print projects in late eighteenth century Britain. Noted for its subject and geniality, Jordaens’s painting remains in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.

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