Large Chiaroscuro Woodblock Print by John Baptist Jackson 1741
22 1/4 x 15 1/2 ins. (56.5 x 38.5 cms) This very large woodblock print by John Baptist Jackson shows Pharaoh's daughter surrounded by her women, standing beneath a tree, pointing to the infant Moses whom one of her attendants holds in a basket; after a painting then said to be by Veronese, but in fact by Sebastiano Ricci. 1741. The Latin inscription reads "Ex tabella a Paulo Caliari Veron. depicta penes J.Smith Ven. J.B.Jackson Del. Sculp. & excud. 1741" This information is taken from the example in the British Museum (1878,0914.58).
These rather extraordinary and very large prints are from a series after old masters done by Jackson in the 18th. century. They are largely ignored and unappreciated but will appeal to those interested in the history of woodblock printing. Details of Jackson's career can be found on the internet.
The condition is very good. There are several very minor splits in the bottom edge which have been neatly repaired. There is a horizontal fold line across the middle. Because of the size of these prints they are rarely in such good condition as the present example.
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