The Flight into Egypt, Italian School, 17th Century.

Oil on bloodstone with bevelled edges, rectangular with deep cut corners, (octagonal) width 9.8cm, in a pierced gilt-metal frame decorated with scrolls and flowers, string tie surmount.

Tanner’s notes of the earlier trips and the diary of John Creed, who accompanied the Earl’s party in 1699, record frequent visits to religious sites of interest along the way. The artist who painted these beautiful miniatures is unknown
but they were purchased on one of the first two journeys.

1688 Inventory: “My Ladyes Closett…. 2 little peices painted upon bluod stones with guilt and wrought brasse frames (viz.) a Joseph & Mary, ye flight into Egypt by —–“.


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