Examples From 162 Drawings of Details of the Raphael Cartoons, after Raphael
James Thornhill (1675-1734)
Black chalk, ink and wash on laid paper
Size of volume width 30 cm x height 41 cm
Museum no. E.495 -497-1912
Thornhill was active in the struggle for the foundation of a formal Academy of Art in Britain. In 1716 he became governor of the country’s first Academy of Drawing and Painting from Life, set up in 1711. For a short time from 1724 he also ran a free school in his own house. He made large and small sets of copies of Raphael’s cartoons and these studies of details with the intention of publishing them for the use of students. The publication never appeared.