The Prodigal Son

Description
Line engraving from original painting by Salvator Rosa once in the Gallery at Houghton, now in State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. Print tipped onto sheet bound in George P. Marsh’s copy of The Houghton Gallery, vol. 1.This is the smaller of two engravings after Rosa's painting included in the Houghton Gallery set; it was delineated by Richard Earlom and engraved by J. B. Michel.
Claiming that this print in volume one was “too small for such a capital picture,” the publisher introduced another larger version for volume two, also delineated by Earlom but engraved by Simon Ravenet. It had first appeared in Boydell’s series, A Collection of Prints Engraved after the Most Capital Paintings in England, begun in 1769.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1775
publisher
Boydell, John
delineator
Earlom, Richard
engraver
Michel, Jean Baptiste
original artist
Rosa, Salvator
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 28.3 cm x 22 cm; 11 5/32 in x 8 21/32 in
plate: 25.7 cm x 19.3 cm; 10 1/8 in x 7 19/32 in
ID Number
1978.0534.02.39
accession number
1978.0534
catalog number
1978.0534.02.39
Credit Line
Marsh Collection
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Data Source
National Museum of American History