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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Francesco Rosaspina's etching, "Diana in Her Chariot Drawn by Hounds", 1788

Francesco Rosaspina (1762–1841)

“Diana in Her Chariot Drawn by Hounds” (aka “Il Carro di Diana”), 1788, after an unidentified drawing by Parmigianino (aka Francesco Parmigianino; Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola; Francois Mazzuoli; Francesco Mazzuoli) (1503–1540), plate 18 from the series of twenty-five unnumbered plates (including the frontispiece) after drawings by Parmigianino, “Celeberrimi Francisci Mazzola Parmensis Graphides per Ludovicum Inig Bononiae collectae editaeque Anno MDCCLXXXVIII”, published in 1788 by Cesare Massimiliano Gini (aka Cesare Massimiliano Gini; Lodovico Inig) (c1739–1821) in Bologna.

See the descriptions and plates in this publication along with catalogue references in the remarkably thorough account offered by Robin Halwas:

See also the description of this publication offered by the Curator of the British Museum:

Regarding the fidelity of Rosaspina’s translation of drawings into prints, the British Museum offers the following biographical insights:
“Major reproductive engraver, professor of engraving at the Academy in Bologna. Made many prints after Parmigianino (q.v.) which are faithful to the originals even to the extent of replicating the historic mounts and collector's marks that many of the drawings had”.

Soft-ground etching and aquatint (with engraving for the inscribed text) printed in sanguine coloured ink on laid paper with watermark, “G entro doppio cerchio sormontato dalla croce di Lorena” (G within a double circle surmounted by the Cross of Lorraine) with full margins.
Size: (sheet) 49.2 x 39.7 cm.; (plate) 24.5 x 32.3 cm.; (outer image borderline) 22.3 x 31.8 cm.
Inscribed on plate below the image borderline: (left) F. Mazzola inv.”; “Extat apud Io. Ant. Armanum Venetum”; (right) “F. Rosaspina fecit.”

Lifetime impression as published in 1788.
Weigel 5588; Gaeta Bertelà 804; Mussini 390; De Rubeis 37 (see full entries for these references in Robin Halwas' account cited above)

Condition: faultless, richly inked lifetime impression in pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing).

I am selling this large museum-quality etching of great beauty, for the total cost of AU$598 (currently US$402.64.76/EUR364.99/GBP315.73 at the time of this listing) 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 rarely seen masterpiece of etching on the market—certainly not in this near pristine condition—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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