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CARTONENSIA:

OR,

AN HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL ACCOUNT

OF THE

TAPESTRIES,

IN THE

PALACE OF THE VATICAN,

&c. &c. &c.

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AND OF SUCH OF THE CARTOONS WHENCE THEY WERE WOVEN,

AS ARE NOW IN PRESERVATION.

WITH NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.

To which are subjoined,

REMARKS ON THE CAUSES WHICH RETARD THE PROGRESS OF THE

HIGHER DEPARTMENTS OF THE ART OF PAINTING IN THIS

COUNTRY.

BY THE

REV. W. GUNN, B.D.

66 Raphael Urbinas, exemplum naturæ donis prodigæ, corpore formosus,
"mente pulchrior, societate comis, penicillo admirandus, industriâ in-
"defessus, gloriâ perennis."

LONDON:

(Comolli.)

JAMES RIDGWAY, 169, PICCADILLY.

M.DCCC.XXXI.

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PREFACE.

THE Tapestries announced in the title page, are but little known in this country, except from the Cartoons of seven of them which are preserved in the Palace of Hampton Court, and one of the three divisions of the Massacre of the Innocents, in the possession of Prince Hoare, Esq. These manifestations of Raphael's genius rank among the most distinguished efforts of the short-lived period of fine painting in Italy; and from the inspection of them, no attentive observer ever turned without deriving moral and intellectual improvement.

Among the numerous testimonies borne to their merit, I will confine myself to the opi

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