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Charles I and Henrietta Maria

Etcher:
Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)
Artist:
After Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)
Sitter:
Charles I, King of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland (British, Dunfermline, Scotland 1600–1649 London)
Sitter:
Henrietta Maria, Queen of England (British, 1609–1666)
Date:
1641
Medium:
Etching; first state of three (NH , this impression cited)
Dimensions:
sheet: 7 x 9 5/8 in. (17.8 x 24.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Nathan Chaikin, 1952
Accession Number:
52.614.1a, b
Not on view
Hollar etched these portraits of the king and queen
of England on a single copper plate. Impressions such as this, showing the royal couple together, are rare; the plate was later cut to create two separate portraits, presumably due to the queen's unpopularity in England. (On this impression, the spelling of her name has been corrected from "Henrica" to "Henrietta" in ink.) .
Inscription: Lettered below images with titles; on the left: "Charles by the grave of God, Kinge / of ENgland, Scotland, Frnace and / Ireland, defendor of the faith, etc:", and right: "Henrietta Maria by the Grace of God, / Queene of England, Scotland, Frnace, / and Ireland, etc:". Lettered with production detail below on the right: "W. Hollar: fecit Londini 1641,"

Marking: Robert Prioleau Roupell (1798-1886)
(Lugt 2234) (according to label attached to mount);
Alfred Morrison 1821-1897 (Lugt 151);
G.A. Cardew born 1865 (Lugt 1134);
Marx (according to label attched to mount).
This label is probably from the firm Craddock and Barnard,
London. Chaiken certainly made purchases from them
Nathan Chaikin (New York and Venthône, 1907–1987); Donor: Nathan Chaikin (New York and Venthône, 1907–1987)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 15, 2002–October 6, 2002.

Pennington 1416 i/ii and 1433; New Hollstein (Hollar Part II) 338 I/III
Richard Pennington A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etched Work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607-1677. Cambridge, 1982.

Simon Turner Wenceslaus Hollar: New Hollstein German engravings, etchings and woodcuts, 1400-1700. Giulia Bartrum, vols. 1-9, 2009–2012.



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