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  • A Master in the Grand Style and his Pupils
    Bailey, J Sherwood, Jones & Co.
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A Master in the Grand Style and his Pupils

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1818 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bailey, J
    Sherwood, Jones & Co. (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Pearl Bolton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 69

This satrical etching depicts students of the painter Bejamin Robert Haydon copying one of the Raphael Cartoons. Haydon had caused a scandal amongst his Royal Academy enemies by having two of the Raphael Cartoons (The Miraculous Draught of Fishes and Paul at Athens) transported to his studio to be copied by his students. An additional thrust to the satire is that several of the students are using sharp compasses, thus posing further risk to the cartoons. Although Haydon claimed that this was against the rules of his studio. Bailey's etching is a fascinating comment on nineteenth century studio practice, art education and artistic rivalries.

Physical description

Etching, depicting a studio with men balenced on various ladders and props all measuring out large canvasses, in the background is a Raphael Cartoon and at the top of the image is a bird with a human head wearing a top hat and holding a flag in his mouth which says 'In the Grand Style'.

Place of Origin

London (printed and published)


1818 (made)


Bailey, J
Sherwood, Jones & Co. (publishers)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

A Master in the Grand Style and his pupils/ A Painter who relies on his compass, leans on a prop which will not support him: Vide Sir Joshua Reynolds/ Published for the Annals of the Fine Arts. No.8. by Sherwood, Neely and Jones, Paternoster Row, 1 April 1888


Height: 22.5 cm, Width: 58 cm

Descriptive line

J. Bailey. "A Master in the Grand Style and his Pupils", published in the Annals of the Fine Arts; London, April 1 1818

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Tom Devonshire Jones 'Annals of the Fine Arts', vol X, no.2 The British Art Journal (Winter 2009) pp.67-72
Frederick Cummings, 'B.R. Haydon and His Scool', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol 26, no.3/4 (1963), pp.367-380, p.372
Mary Dorothy George, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires, Vol. IX (1811-1819), The British Museum (London, 1949), no.13034, pp.824-5





Subjects depicted

Raphael Cartoons


Printed pages & sheets


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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