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MIRACULOUS DRAUGHT OF FISHES.
The same subject bas been treated by Jouvenet; and we have given the engraving of it, no 411; we need not therefore repeat what we have related of that history. These two compositions have no reference to each other, since, both artists have chosen a different moment of the action. Jouvenet represents the instant wheu the ships coming to land, St. Peter and the other apostles prepare to quit their nets to follow Jesus Christ: for this reason that subject sometimes goes under the name of The Calling of St. Peter.
Here, Raphael has represented Jesus-Christ seated in the boat : Simon Peter, seeing the finger of God in the abundance of fishes taken, fell down at Jesus' knees, saying: « Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. »
This composition is the first of the famous and magnificent series of the seven Cartoons in distemper, painted by Raphael, to serve as models for Tapestries. They are now placed in the Palace at Hampton Court, in a gallery built purposely, under the reign of William and Mary. This series is believed to have belonged to Charles I, but it is not known by what means they came into England.
In 1707, the Hampton Court series of Cartoons, was engraved by Gribelin; in mezzotinto by J. Simon; and by Nicholas Dorigny.
Width, 13 feet 1 inch; height, 10 feet 6 inches.