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Virgin and Child with St Elizabeth and St John the Baptist
(c. 1750)

Medium
porcelain (soft-paste)
Measurements
20.4 × 22.1 × 12.9 cm
Place/s of Execution
London, England
Accession Number
1996.197
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1996
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Description
The white, glazed figure group shows the Virgin Mary seated with her arm around the Christ Child who reaches across her lap to touch the Infant Saint John, held by the kneeling figure of his mother, Saint Elizabeth. The composition is after Raphael's invention, the so-called 'Small Holy Family' in the Louvre. (This was known through an engraving by Francois Poilly)