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Heads of figures in Raphael's painting of the Transfiguration of Christ. Stipple engravings by J. Godby after I.L. Goubaud after Raphael.

  • Raphael, 1483-1520
1st Jan.y 1830
  • Pictures

About this work


Bible N.T. Matthew 17, verses 14-21: "And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting."

Bible N.T. Mark 9, verses 16-27: "And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting."


London (46 Pall Mall) : Pub.d by R. Bowyer & M. Parkes, 1st Jan.y 1830.

Physical description

18 prints : stipple engravings ; various sizes

Creator/production credits

The delineator's name appears on the prints as "Gaubaud", here assumed to be an error for Goubaud as no other evidence for "Gaubaud" has been found. "Goubaud" is also the form of the name used by Setchel in his 1839 advertisement (The gentleman's magazine, loc. cit.)
Presumably the drawings by Goubaud were made while the painting by Raphael was displayed in the Musée du Louvre, 1798-1815

References note

'A catalogue of books and pamphlets on architecture, books of prints, botany, drama &c. now on sale by J.F. Setchel, bookseller, no. 23, King Street, Covent Garden', The gentleman's magazine, 1839, new series vol. XII (167), appended advertisements p. 12, no. 678 ("Raphael's Transfiguration on 18 plates, traced from the original picture, and of the same size, by Goubaud, finely engraved, imp. folio, 3l 3s [i.e. 3 guineas] half bound morocco. (This copy is on India paper, of which only six were printed, for the Royal family. 1817")
Not in: G.B. Pezzini, S. Massari, S.P. Valenti Rodinò, Raphael invenit, Roma: Edizioni Quasar, 1985


Wellcome Library no. 3069902i



  • English


  • 3 prints

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