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Charles Thurston Thompson (1818-68) after Raphael (1483-1520)

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes c.1855

Albumen print | 20.9 x 34.7 cm | RCIN 853018

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All three works reproduce a drawing (also at Windsor) attributed to Raphael for one of the Sistine Chapel tapestry cartoons. The chiaroscuro woodcut now attributed to Niccolò Vicentino was crudely reprinted by Andrea Andreani in 1609, with more detail added to the sky. The photograph of the drawing was commissioned by Prince Albert in the 1850s, as he was beginning to explore the documentary potential of that new technology.