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Tuesday 16 April 2019

François Ragot’s engraving, “Christ Carrying the Cross”, 1632–57, after Paulus Pontius and Rubens

François Ragot (fl.1630s–1670)

“Christ Carrying the Cross”, 1632–57, copy in reverse after the engraving by Paulus Pontius (aka Paulus du Pont) (1603–1658) and after the 1632 painting by Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) in the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, (Rooses 274). Ragot’s engraving was published by Pierre Mariette I (c1603–1657) in Paris.

Engraving on laid paper trimmed around the platemark and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 61.5 x 43.3 cm; (image borderline) 59 x 43.3 cm
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Petrus Paul. Rubens pinxit,”; (centre) “IESVS BAIVLANS CRVCEM ... / Apprehenderunt Simonem … interficerentur. Luc. cap. 23. / F. Ragot fecit cum privilegio Regis.”; (right) “Typis Petri Mariette via lacoboeca, ad Insigne Spei.”

Corpus Rubenianum VI 18 (copy 13) (J Richard Judson 2000, “The Passion of Christ”, VI, Turnhout, Harvey Miller Publishers); Schneevoogt 1873 41.264 (C G Voorhelm Schneevoogt 1873, “Catalogue des estampes gravées d'après P.P.Rubens”, Haarlem); Nagler 14; cf Hollstein 8 (Pontius).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“Christ carrying the cross; Christ struggling at right but pushed on by a henchman; Simon of Cyrene supporting the cross at far right; St Veronica holding the sudarium, the Virgin and St John at left; soldiers on horseback beyond”

Condition: richly inked and well-printed early impression (based on the crisp quality of the line showing no sign of wear to the printing plate), trimmed near the platemark and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet is in very good condition for its considerable age. There is a restored centre-fold and a few tears.

I am selling this large engraving from the early 1600s that (to my eyes) captures the “spark of life” of Ruben’s painting through the layered rhythms of lines following the figures’ contours, for AU$450 (currently US$322.60/EUR285.38GBP246.77 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this engraving exemplifying the Baroque period style of startling viewpoints, swirling rhythms, grand scale and dramatic gestures, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold