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Sacrament of extreme unction
CRE PESNE, Jean; (French; 1623-1700) AFTER POUSSIN, Nicolas; (French; 1594-1665) PRINT Audran
ink on paper
61.3 x 88.0
s. on plate b. r. "J. Pesne delin et sculp"; inscr on plate b. c. "EUM OLEO IN NOMINE DOMINI"; inscr on plate b. r."A Paris chez Audran, rue St Jacques, aux 2 pilliers d'OR. Avec Privil du Roy / Espist ctholic Sti Jacobi apostoli"
From the founder, William Hunter's collection. Hunter's interest in Poussin, the classical landscape painter whose theory and practice were a dominant influence on the French Académie Royale, manifested itself in the purchase of two small oil paintings, an Annunciation, and a Flight into Egypt as well as a group of engravings on two plates after the paintings of the famous series of the Seven Sacraments. The Sacrament of Extreme Unction was the compositional model used by Gavin Hamilton for the first of his cycle of six Homeric paintings, Andromache Bewailing Hector (see cat. 72). Poussin made two sets of paintings of the Sacraments. The first, painted for Cassiano dal Pozzo, was to be seen in Hunter's time in the Palazzo Boccadapuli in Rome, and was included in tours of the greatest works of art in the city that were provided by artists such as Hamilton who supplemented their earnings by acting as a cicerone. Poussin's second set was painted for his friend Fréart de Chantelou, and came to Britain in the 1790s as part of the Orléans collection. This engraving is of the Chantelou version, which is now part of the Sutherland loan to the National Gallery of Scotland. The print has two inventory numbers because it was assembled from separate plates which previously formed part of a volume in Hunter's library illustrating Poussin's Seven Sacraments.
RELIGIOUS : EXTREME UNCTION : DEATH : HUNTER 2007 : CHRIST : SERIES OF THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS :