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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Circa 1780 - 1810
Size: 26.5cm high, 4.5cm wide, 16.5cm deep - 10½ ins high, 1¾ ins wide, 6½ ins deep
The sulphur or gesso impressions, were arranged in boxes shaped like books, like these examples and early 19th century travellers to Rome would buy from dealers such as Francesco Carnesecchi in the Via Condotti sets of ‘Impronte’ showing a selection of the most admired antique statues, the best loved works by Canova and Thorvaldsen and well known Renaissance paintings. Most of the early 19th century grand tourists could not obtain ancient works of art or buy Renaissance bronze statuettes, so these ‘after the antique’ souvenir boxes became extremely popular.