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Title The Virgin and Child
Collection Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro
Artist After Raphael (Italian painter and draftsman, 1483-1520)
Date Earliest probably about 1600
Date Latest probably about 1900
Description Copy after Raphael's Madonna of the Tower (also known as the Mackintosh Madonna), in the National Gallery, London (NG2069). The Virgin is depicted half-length, embracing the child with her left arm, holding his left foot with her left hand. The infant is standing on a ledge. This version lacks the landscape background of the original, and the infant's genitalia are concealed.
Current Accession Number TRURI:1915.9.5
Subject religion (Virgin and Child)
Measurements 65 x 81 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Lady Edith Jane Durning-Lawrence 1915.
Provenance Lady Edith (neť Smith) and Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence (d. 1915).
Publications Possibly C. Wright, Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Paintings Executed Before c. 1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 169, as copy after Raphael's Mackintosh Madonna, but see 1935.88.2.
Notes

There was uncertainty as to the accession numbers proper to this work and to a second copy after The Madonna of the Tower (1935.88.2) also in the Royal Cornwall Museum. This work is very similar to 1935.88.2, although the present work has no landscape background, the genitalia of the infant Christ are concealed, the varnish is glossier, and facial features are less soft. Assurance that this work is reconciled with its correct accession number can be found in the faded label on the back which links the work to the donor's husband: 'Sir Edwin Durning Lawrence 13 Carlton House Terrace [?].' The description in C. Wright could equally refer to 1935.88.2. For other copies after The Madonna of the Tower, see C. Gould, The Sixteenth Century Italian Schools, National Gallery Catalogues, 1975, cat. no. 2069.

Lady Edith Durning-Lawrence also donated 1915.9.3 and 1947.22. Lady Edith was daughter of John Benjamin Smith, M.P. for Stockport. She was author of the preface of the Family History of the Lawrences of Cornwall which she commissioned from Rev. Alexander Gordon, (private publication), Norwood, 1915, which includes the biography of her husband Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence, M.P. (Truro), Bart., J.P. (1827-1414), and an appraisal of his writings, p. 49 ff & p. 76 ff. Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence, was a significant benefactor to the Truro museum and others including the Victoria & Albert and the National Gallery. It is possible the work was acquired by Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence, whose death in 1914 may have precipitated the donation. Alternatively, the work was perhaps bequeathed to Lady Edith by her father, who is known to have acquired a number of paintings from an Italian nobleman in the mid-nineteenth century. Sir Edwin donated one of these to the National Gallery, explaining its provenance in a letter of April 19, 1902: ĎAbout fifty years ago my wife's father bought of an Italian nobleman some of his family pictures...'. (NG archive, dossier 1903). Lady Edith was her father's co-heiress.

Rights Owner Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro
Author Dr Susan Steer
 

 

 

 

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