Portraits of Artists Northcote, Riminaldi and Ricciolini

circa 1789

Three prints from Ritratti de’ Pittori esistenti nella Reale Galleria di Firenze…, published from 1789
Mezzotints, two printed in colours from four plates with hand-colouring, Riminaldi a proof before the fourth plate, with the artist's name hand-written
Very good impressions with margins all round. Some foxing in these, generally in good condition. Various sizes, approx. 170-175 x 125-130mm.
Lasinio, later the influential curator of the Camposanto in Pisa, learned the method of over-printing the three primary colours plus black from Edouard Gautier Dagoty, whose father had been granted the patent for J.C. Le Blon’s process after the latter’s death. Lasinio undertook the mammoth task of engraving the collection of painters’ self-portraits in the Vasari Corridor in Florence. He completed some 338 prints, which it has been estimated would have required over a thousand colour plates. Marco Benefial, Pieter de Laer and Hans Holbein are also available. Rare.

The price of $950 is for each individual print.