Works included in this catalogue
Edelinck after Raphael Holy Family {1879} NGV [PR] [Levey gift, cat.7]
Edelinck after Turchi The Deluge 1681 {1868} NGV [PR]

Edelinck arrived in Paris in 1666 and became a French citizen in 1675; he was designated Premier Dessinateur of the Cabinet du Roi, and is generally regarded as the greatest engraver of the period. His two brothers Jean (c.1640-80) and Gaspard (1652-1722) were also engravers.

Both pre-Felton prints are from the Tableaux du roi series, reproducing paintings from the French royal collection. However, only the engraving after Raphael actually formed part of the 1879 gift by George Collins Levey to the NGV; the print after Turchi’s Deluge was donated earlier, by John Pascoe Fawkner, in 1868.


For recent scholarly analysis of Gérard Edelinck, see in particular Peter Fuhring Kingdom of Images (2015), and 48, and the essay by Louis Marchesano, “On the critical fortunes of Girard Audran and Gérard Edelinck” (pp.45-51 with further references).

For Edelinck and his brothers, see also Bénézit 5, p.65; AKL 32 (2002), pp.138-39 (entry by Maxime Préaud, citing AFF XVII IV, 1961); Dictionary of Art vol.9, p.718 (also by Maxime Préaud); and and (relying on older sources)