Three Women and a Child
Etcher Francesco Bartolozzi Italian
After Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) Italian
Publisher John & Josiah Boydell British
Not on view
Bartolozzi here reproduces a Guercino drawing owned by George III that shows women tending a sleeping child. When the print was made, no specific subject was identified, but recent scholarship has suggested Pharoah's daughter with the infant Moses. The print is contained in a volume that promotes the Royal Collection, first published in 1764 by Richard Dalton--as the king's librarian, Dalton collected art for the crown in Italy, persuaded Bartolozzi to move to England, then commissioned him to produce a large number of prints after Guercino. London publishers John and Josiah Boydell, acquired Dalton's plates between 1790-91, and here reissued his set of 82 prints.