[Albert VII, archduke of Austria, and Isabella Clara Eugenia] Serenissimo et Potentissimo Alberto Austriae Archiduci, Burgundiae, Duci, Principi [...]
Joannes Muller Sculptor devotionis ergo. D.D. Ex Archetypo Petri Pauli Rubenii Serenitatis Suae Pictoris.
Two engravings, each sheet approx. 410 x 285mm (16 x 11¼"). Trimmed; false lower margins. Fine. Portraits of Albert VII (1559-1621), briefly archduke of Austria in 1619 before abdicating in favour of Ferdinand II, and his wife Isabella Clara Eugenia, sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands from 1598-1621. Fine engravings after portraits by Rubens, who was appointed court painter to Albert and Isabella although he was permitted to remain in his hometown of Antwerp and accept commissions from whoever he chose.
[Ref: 43005] £2,000.00
[Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, after declaring himself king of Spain in 1700] Charles III Roi d'Espagne et des Indes &. née Archiduc d'Austriche.
J. Gole fecit et ex: Amstelodami cum Privilegio [c.1700]
Mezzotint, fine impression; sheet 245 x 185mm (9½ x 7¼"). Trimmed inside platemark; glued to backing sheet. Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, as claimant to the Spanish crown. His relative, Charles II of Spain, died in 1700 with no direct heir, leading to the War of the Spanish Succession, which pitted the Austrian Charles against the French candidate, Louis XIV's grandson Philip, duke of Anjou. During the war, Charles' brother, Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor, died, and Charles returned to Vienna to assume the imperial crown. Philip, duke of Anjou became king of Spain (as Philip V).
[Ref: 42250] £260.00
[Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor] Charles III. King of Spain &c. Born at Vienna Oct. 1. 1685. Proclaim'd Sept. 1. 1703 NS.
F. Stampart ad Vivum Pinxit.
Sold by B. Lens at the 3 Crowns & Dial in Fleetstreet the corner of Water lane [c.1715]
Mezzotint, sheet 345 x 250mm (13½ x 9¾"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet at edges. Fine and rare. Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1685 -1740). Charles' reign spanned the Austro-Turkish War of 1716-8, which gained Hungarian lands and Serbia, and War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718-20), the peace treaty of which saw Sicily exchanged for Sardinia. The later War of the Polish Succession (1733-38) and a Turkish war in 1737, which were unsuccessful from an Austrian perspective. By this time most of the land gained in 1718 had been lost, and the cost of the war led to discontent amongst Charles' subjects. One of few prints made from paintings by the Dutch artist Frans van Stampart (1675-1750), who was appointed court painter to Charles in 1698.
CS: 20 only state.
[Ref: 42995] £220.00
[Charles, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel] Carolus D.G. Landgravius Hassiae Princeps Hersfeldiae &c.
J. Gole fecit.
Nicolaus Visscher Ex cum Privil. Ordin. General Belaii Federati Ao 1696
Mezzotint, sheet 470 x 360mm (18½ x 14¼"). Trimmed to image; crease through centre not visible from front. A large impressive portrait of Charles, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (1654-1730), who governed Hesse-Kassel during the Thirty Years' War and War of the Spanish Succession.
[Ref: 42394] £320.00
Count D'Ada. The Popes Nuntio to King James the Second.
I. Beckett fecitt.
I. Savage ex: [n.d. c.1685.]
Mezzotint. Sheet: 240 x 190mm (9½ x 7½"). Trimmed and tipped into album sheet. Portrait of Ferdinando D'Adda (1649-1719) half length in oval, wearing gown, collar and cross suspended from neck. D'Adda was prefect of the Congregation of Rites and the Papal Nuncio to James II of England. In 1690 he was made a Cardinal-Priest and in 1715 he was made Cardinal Bishop of Albano.
[Ref: 43072] £190.00
[Christian V and Charlotte Amelia of Denmark] Le Roy et la Reyne de Danemarck.
S. Thomassin Sculptor Regius 1697.
Se vend a Paris chez Thomassin rue St Jacques vis a vis la rue de Plastre a l'Annonciation Avec Privil du Roy
Engraving sheet 230 x 170mm (9 x 6¾"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Christian V (1646-99), king of Denmark and Norway, and his queen-consort Charlotte Amelie of Hesse-Kassel (1650-1714). Christian's general popularity was marred by his failure, in the Scanian War, to regain the Scanian lands ceded to the Sweden in the 1658 Treaty of Roskilde.
[Ref: 42986] £190.00
[Frederick III of Denmark and Norway] Fridericus III, Haereditarius Rex Daniae et Norwegiae, Dux Slesvici, Holsatiae, Stormariae [...]
J Sandrart Sculpsit
Engraving, sheet 240 x 135mm (9½ x 5¼"). Trimmed and glued to backing sheet at edges. Frederick III (1609-70), king of Denmark and Norway. Ruler of both countries from 1648, Frederick instituted absolute monarchy in 1660 and fought two wars against Sweden (losing the first, winning the second). His son Christian succeeded him as king. Portrait with putti holding a crown above Frederick's head and military scene visible beyond curtain.
[Ref: 42987] £160.00
[Elizabeth of Bourbon, queen of Spain] D. Elisabethae Borboniae Principi Serenissimae D. Philippi IV. Hispaniarum Indiarumq. Regis [...]
P. Paul Rubbens Pinxit Paulus Pontius sculptor Cum privilegio
Ao M DCXXXII
Engraving, sheet 455 x 335mm (18 x 13¼"). Trimmed; crease on left. Elizabeth of Bourbon, queen of Spain (1602-44), daughter of Henri IV and Marie de Médicis of France, and first wife of Philip IV of Spain. Engraved after the portrait by Rubens (Munich, Alte Pinakothek). Rubens went to Madrid in 1628 to report to Philip IV on attempts to negotiate a peace between Spain and England; he painted portraits of the Spanish royal family there, and Philip IV's enthusiasm for Rubens' work was subsequently demonstrated when he commissioned Rubens to paint over 100 scenes from Ovid for his hunting lodge (1636-8) and when he purchased the finest works from Rubens' estate immediately after the painter's death.
[Ref: 42981] £380.00
[Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, and Elector Ferdinand Maria of Bavaria]
[Jonas Suyderhoef and Jacob Louys after Pieter Soutman]
[Published by Pieter Soutman, c.1650]
Two engravings, fine impressions with 17th century watermark; sheets approx. 380 x 265mm (15 x 10½"). Trimmed and tipped into album sheets; inscribed verso 'P. Mariette 1650' and 'P. Mariette 1662'. Two portraits from a series of twenty-two plates showing portraits of European rulers and their wives, after drawings made by Pieter Soutman after paintings by Rubens and Van Dyck. The portraits were engraved by Jonas Suyderhoef, Jacob Louys and Pieter van Sompel, while the ornamental borders are etched by Soutman, who also published the series in Haarlem around 1650.
[Ref: 43015] £650.00
Anton Florianus, S.R.J. Princeps de Liechtenstein, Nicolspurgii in Silesia, Troppavia, et Jagerndorffy Dux. Comes a Ritberg [...]
Pet: Schenck ad vivum delin Hagae Com: Sculp: Amsteloed: Cum Privil
Lud Smids M. Dr.
Mezzotint, sheet 265 x 185mm (10½ x 7¼"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Fine. Anton Florian, prince of Liechtenstein (1656-1721). During the War of the Spanish Succession Anton Florian served as Chief Intendant and Prime Minister to Archduke Karl, who subsequently became Emperor Charles VI. Charles created the new principality of Liechtenstein, and made Anton Florian its first prince.
[Ref: 42996] £380.00
[Claude de Forbin] Le Comte de Forbin. Amiral de Siam du num d'Opra Sac Disom Cram, Chef d'Escadre des Armées Navalles de sa Majesté, Chevalier de l'ordre Militaire de Saint Louis.
Engraving. Sheet 120 x 80mm (4¾ x 3¼"). Trimmed to printed border. A portrait of Claude de Forbin-Gardanne (1656-1733) while in the service of the king of Siam, when he was grand admiral, general of all the king's armies and governor of Bangkok. Although the story sounds like a novel inspired by 'Baron Munchausen', Forbin did indeed hold these titles: he stayed on for two years after the first French embassy to Siam, 1685. This portrait was a frontispiece to his memoirs. That was not the only remarkable event in his life. He had been a musketeer but had been sentenced to death after a duel; reprieved he joined the Navy under his brother's identity. After his return from Siam he fought in the Nine Years' War, escaping from custody in Plymouth (1689) to fight at the Battle of Beachy Head (1690), Barfleur (1692) where he was wounded, the Battle of Lagos (1693), and the Siege of Barcelona (1697). During the War of the Spanish Succession his successes included fighting in the Battle of the Lizard (1707) in which the French destroyed an English convoy, capturing 60 merchantman and four ships of the line out of 80 ships. His final claim-to-fame was transporting Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, the 'Old Pretender', to Scotland for his ill-fated attempt to regain the throne, only to be thwarted by Admiral Sir George Byng's fleet.
[Ref: 43214] £220.00
[Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange] Henricus Fredericus origin Princepts Auraic Comes Nassauiae, Catzonellibogia [...]
AV Venne pn. W Delphus sc. [in image lower right]
Cum Privilegiosexennio Ord. Conf. Prov. J.P. vande Venne exc. Middelburgens. 1619
Engraving, very fine impression; 17th century watermark, sheet 420 x 305mm (6½ x 12"). Repaired tear on right centre border and on left. Trimmed inside platemark; vertical crease. Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (1584 - 1647). Frederick Henry was son of William the Silent, the principal leader of the Dutch struggle for independence against Spain. When his half-brother, Maurice Prince of Orange, died in 1625, Frederick became the third hereditary stadholder of the United Dutch Provinces. He married a lady-in-waiting to the exiled Queen of Bohemia. In 1641 their son, William II, married Mary, the daughter of Charles I of Great Britain. The Dutch Wars against the Spanish continued until the end of his reign. Shortly following his death in January 1648, peace was formally declared between the two countries. Engraving after Adriaen van de Venne (1589-1662), Dutch artist and writer based in Middelburg, Zeeland at this time. Impressions of the print were purchased by the States General, the ruling executive of the United Dutch Provinces.
[Ref: 42385] £450.00
[Frederick Henry, prince of Orange, on horseback] Discessus Hispanici Praesidi Traiecti ad Mosam Ao. 1632. Die 23 Augusti.
JM D. Jonge invent J. V. Velde fecit
C. Visscher excudebat
Etching and engraving, 17th century watermark; sheet 215 x 235mm (8½ x 9¼"). Trimmed from larger print and tipped into album sheet. Left sheet of a six-sheet print of the Spanish garrison withdrawing from Maastricht in 1632. Maastricht was deep in Spanish-held territory when the Dutch commander Frederick Henry, prince of Orange, attempted to capture it, but after a siege lasting more than two months, the Spanish withdrew, allowing the Dutch Republic to gain an important victory in the Dutch War of Independence against the Spanish.
[Ref: 42610] £240.00
Frederick, King of Bohemia Elector Palat: [&] Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia Daughter to K. James Ist and Grandmother to his present Maj.ty.
[John Faber the Elder after Michiel Mierevelt]
[Published by Thomas Bakewell, c.1710]
Pair of engravings, each sheet approx 190 x 150mm (7½ x 6"). Trimmed, losing text; tipped into album sheets. Frederick V, king of Bohemia and count Palatine of the Rhine (1596-1632), and his wife Elizabeth Stuart (1596-1662). They married in London in 1613, and Frederick accepted the crown of Bohemia in 1619, but just after a year later his reign as king ended following the Battle of White Mountain, and they spent the rest of their lives in exile (mostly at the Hague). For this reason they are nicknamed 'The Winter King' and 'The Winter Queen'. Pair of British mezzotints after portraits by Michiel van Mierevelt (1567-1641), Dutch artist who became official painter to the stadholder court and painted many portraits of members of the House of Orange Nassau, as well as foreign sitters such as Sir Dudley Carleton and Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon.
[Ref: 43007] £390.00
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[George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg] Georgius Wilhelmus. Dei Gratia Dux Brunsuicensis et Lunaeburgensis etc.
Anselmus van Hulle pinxit Petr. de Jode sculpsit
Accessit Privilegium Caesareum Cum privilegio Regum et Hollandiae ordinum 
Engraving, sheet 350 x 255mm (13¾ x 10"). Small margins. George William, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1624-1705). After the death of Julius Francis, duke of Saxe-Lauenberg in 1689, George William invaded the duchy, which Julius Francis had decided to leave to one of his daughters rather than a close male claimant such as George William. Eventually the occupation was legitimised by Emperor Charles VI, when George William's second successor, George II, king of Great Britain, was formally given Saxe-Lauenberg. George William was the father of Sophia Dorothea of Celle, wife of George I of Great Britain.
[Ref: 42998] £220.00
Isabelle Infante de Portugal, decedée a Lisbonne le 21 Octobre 1690, agée de 22 ans.
Gravé par Bazin.
Engraving, sheet 265 x 175mm (10½ x 7"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Infanta Isabel Luísa of Portugal (1669-90), only daughter of Pedro II of Portugal and his first wife. Isabel died of smallpox at the age of twenty-one, having never married any of the various candidates suggested for her. Her half-brother Joao succeeded her father as king in 1706. Allegorical representation published after Isabel's death.
[Ref: 42994] £140.00
The pourtraicture of the most Illustrious Isabella Clara Eugenia Infanta of Spain, Duchesse of Austria and Burgundie: And Princesse of Belgia &c.
Are to be sold by Compton Hollande over against the Exchange
Engraving, sheet 180 x 110mm (7 x 4¼"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet; 'dec. 1633 aet. 67' in mss. at top. Isabella, ruler of the Spanish Netherlands (1566-1633). In 1599 Isabella married Albert, former viceroy of Portugal. They ruled the Spanish Netherlands together during what is considered the Golden Age of the territory, in which peace and stability were achieved after several decades of war. Engraving after a portrait by Rubens, court painter of Albert and Isabella.
[Ref: 42982] £130.00
Johannes III. D.G. Rex Poloniarum, Magnus Dux Lithuaniae, Ukrainae, etc
P Stephani sculp
Ex Formis Nicolai Visscher Cum Gratia et Privilegio Ordinum Hollandiae et West-Frisiae [c.1710]
Engraving, sheet 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾"). Trimmed inside platemark; tipped into album sheet. Creases. John III Sobieski (1629 - 1696), king of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. Sobieski was one of the most notable monarchs of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. His reign was marked by conflict with Ottoman forces attempting to advance into Europe. Soon after becoming king in 1674 he recommenced the war against the Ottomans, and followed by unsuccessful attempts to conquer Prussia. Sobieski eventually found himself with few allies, leading to a pact with Leopold I of Austria that the two rulers would help each other if their countries were threatened. In 1683 Sobieski was called to defend Austria against the invading Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Vienna, in a famous victory that saw Sobieska acclaimed as 'Saviour of Europe'.
[Ref: 42983] £230.00
Johannes III. King of Poland, Great Duke of Lithuania, Ukraina etc. Taken from the Originall sent to ye Dutchess of Mazereene.
Sold by E. Cooper at ye 3 Pidgeons in Bedford Street [c.1690]
Mezzotint, sheet 215 x 155mm (8½ x 6"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet at edges. Rare. John III Sobieski (1629 - 1696), king of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. Sobieski was one of the most notable monarchs of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. His reign was marked by conflict with Ottoman forces attempting to advance into Europe. Soon after becoming king in 1674 he recommenced the war against the Ottomans, and followed by unsuccessful attempts to conquer Prussia. Sobieski eventually found himself with few allies, leading to a pact with Leopold I of Austria that the two rulers would help each other if their countries were threatened. In 1683 Sobieski was called to defend Austria against the invading Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Vienna, in a famous victory that saw Sobieski acclaimed as 'Saviour of Europe'.
[Ref: 43002] £260.00
Leopoldus I. D.G. Electus Rom: Imperator Semp: August: Germaniae, Hungariae, Bohemiae Etc Rex.
Phil: Bauttats Sculp.
Ex Formis N. Visscher
Engraving, 17th century watermark; sheet 350 x 245mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (1640-1705). Leopold's reign coincided with conflicts with the Ottoman Empire in the Great Turkish War (including the famous Battle of Vienna in 1683), and three years against France. These included the War of the Spanish Succession, which resulted from Leopold's attempt to give his son Charles the entire Spanish inheritance, thus disregarding the will of Charles II of Spain. Engraved by Filibert Bouttats the Elder (1654-88), Dutch engraver working in Amsterdam, Antwerp and the Hague.
[Ref: 43011] £190.00
[The Seminary of Lingen] Auspicus, ut Breda tuis, caput extu lit, Hellas et Latium, Lingam, sic ediere, tuam [...]
D.D.D. Romanus de Hooghe J.U.S. et Commissarius Regius Ling. [c.1690]
Etching, sheet 445 x 580mm (17½ x 22¾"). Two folds; hardly visible from front. Top part central repaired. The seminary at Lingen in Lower Saxony, Germany, etched by Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708), Dutch Baroque printmaker best known for his political caricatures of Louis XIV and his prints glorifying William III and the Glorious Revolution. In 1689 William III appointed de Hooghe commissioner in charge of the exploration of stone quarries in Lingen in order to obtain building materials for the royal hunting lodge of Het Loo. This print praises the appetite for learning amongst the town's inhabitants.
[Ref: 42797] £520.00
[Louis XIII] Serenissiumus ac Potentissimus Princeps Ludovicus D.G. Galliae, et Navarrae Rex Christianissimus
Henricus Hondius delin. et excudit 1627. Cum privilegio Illus s. D.D. Ordinum Generalium
Engraving, sheet 410 x 290mm (16 x 11½"). Trimmed; crease on left. Louis XIII (1601-43), king of France from the age of nine (when his father Henri IV was assassinated). The reign of Louis XIII, in which he relied heavily upon cardinal Richelieu, saw the founding of the Academie Francaise, and French involvement (from 1635) in the immense continental conflict of the Thirty Years' War.
[Ref: 42979] £320.00
Madame de Maintenon.
HBonnart, ex au Coq, avec privil [c.1700]
Etching, sheet 275 x 190mm (10¾ x 7½"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635-1719), second wife of Louis XIV. Her marriage to the king was never officially announced or admitted, although she was influential within the court. She founded the Maison royale de Saint-Louis, a school for poor girls from noble families, and used her influence to subsequently secure them prominent positions.
[Ref: 42989] £140.00
[Marie de Medici surrounded by her children]
[Lucas Vorsterman after Nicolaas van der Horst]
[Published by Balthasar Moretus, 1632]
Engraving, sheet 235 x 165mm (9¼ x 6½"). Laid onto album sheet on left margin. Marie de Médicis, Queen and Regent of France (1573-1642), wife of King Henry IV of France, of the Bourbon branch of the kings of France. Later she was the regent for her son King Louis XIII of France. Shown here framed within a tree, from the branches of which grow her children: Louis XIII of France; Henrietta Maria; Elisabeth, Gaston of Orléans; and Christine Marie of Savoy. Fame and Fortune water the tree in lower corners. Illustration to Jean Puget de la Serre's 'Histoire Curieuse de tout ce qui c'est passé a l'Entree de la Reyne Mere du Roy Treschrestien dans les Villes des Pays Bas" (Antwerp: Moretus, 1632)
[Ref: 43012] £180.00
Excell.ssimo Dno. D. Francisco de Mello Comiti de Azumar &c.
Engraving, sheet 315 x 240mm (12½ x 9½"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet. Don Francisco de Melo (1597-1651), nobleman and general, and interim governor of the Southern Netherlands, 1641-4. In his early career, Melo was an ambassador to the Republic of Genoa, viceroy of Sicily, and ambassador to Vienna. As a soldier Melo triumphed over French forces at the Battle of Honnecourt during the Thirty Years' War in 1642 (perhaps the battle shown in the background here), but he is chiefly remembered for the battle of Rocroi the following year, which was an important turning point in the fortunes of the Spanish in France and the Low Countries.
[Ref: 43004] £360.00
[The far-famed House of Nassau or Orange] Het Wyt Beroemt Geslacht, van Nassou of Orangien.
CJ Visscher escudebat [c.1628-9]
Engraving, fine impression; sheet 275 x 315mm (10¾ x 12½"). Trimmed, repaired crease along bottom of image. Repaired loss at top. Unusual portrait combining living and dead members of the Orange-Nassau family, the Dutch royal dynasty. On the right, shaded beneath a tree, are deceased members of the family: William I (d.1584), beside him his fourth and last wife Louise de Coligny, and behind them two of William's sons, Philip William and Maurice. Opposite them William's surviving son and successor to the stadtholdership Frederick Henry is shown with his family (Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, the future William II, and Louisa Henrietta). Behind the two main groups, in the centre, is a third group: Frederick of the Palatinate, King of Bohemia, his wife Princess Elizabeth (daughter of James I), and their children. After Prague was besieged they spent many years in exile in the Netherlands. View of the Hague in the background. Published by Claes Jansz. Visscher, to whom the print is sometimes attributed, possibly after a design by Adriaen van de Venne.
Anna E.C. Simoni, 'Terra Incognita: The Beudeker Collection in the Map Library of the British Library', British Library Journal, 1985
[Ref: 42784] £750.00
Georgius Rakoczii D.G. Princeps Transylvaniae etc.
Fred Bouttats sculp.
T. v. Merlen ex [c.1660]
Engraving, sheet 160 x 110mm (6¼ x 4¼"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet at edges. György Rákóczi II (1621-1660), prince of Transylvania. After making alliances with Sweden amongst other countries Rákóczi led a war against Poland which, after initial advances, ended badly. His land was subsequently invaded by Ottoman Turks and he died in battle in 1660.
[Ref: 42988] £120.00
De Heere Michiel Adriansz Ruyter, Ridder, Lt. Admirael over de Provintie van Hollandt ende Westvrieslandt.
A: Blooteligh fecit aqua forti et Exc. [c.1680]
Engraving, 17th century watermark; sheet 270 x 215mm (10½ x 8½"). Trimmed; tipped into backing sheet. Michiel de Ruyter (1607–1676), one of the greatest Dutch admirals. De Ruyter is most famous for his brilliant victories in the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars with England, the best known probably being the Raid on the Medway. Engraved by Abraham Blooteling (1640-90), Dutch printmaker who spent time in London (c.1672-8) where he created some of the early masterpieces in the new printmaking technique of mezzotint, before returning to his native Amsterdam.
For the Raid on the Medway see ref. 18857.
[Ref: 43010] £180.00
[Marquis Ambrogio Spinola] Illustrissimus et Excellentissimus Princeps Ambrosius Spinola, Marchio Sestii et Venaeri [...]
M. à Mierevelt pinxit J. Muller Sculpsit
Cum privil 
Engraving, sheet 410 x 280mm (16 x 11"). A very fine impression, but cut; glued to backing sheet at edges; Creasing hardly visible from front. Marquis Ambrogio Spinola (1569-1630), commander of the Spanish Armies in the Netherlands. Born in Italy, Spinola was named commander in chief of the Netherlands by Philip II in 1605, and negotiated the twelve year truce of 1609. After the resumption of fighting in the Netherlands in 1621, Spinola returned there and captured Breda in 1625 (as commemorated by Velazquez's painting of the Surrender of Breda). He fell out of favour with Philip IV, however, who appointed him governor of Milan instead. Fine engraving after a portrait by Michiel van Mierevelt (1567-1641), Dutch artist who became official painter to the stadholder court and painted many portraits of members of the House of Orange Nassau, as well as foreign sitters such as Sir Dudley Carleton and Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon.
For an engraving of Velazquez's 'Surrender of Breda' see ref. 33304; for the twelve year truce of 1609 see ref. 21088.
[Ref: 43008] £650.00
[Christina, Queen of Sweden] Christina Regina Quo Fata Vocant Virtus Secura Sequetur.
Accesit Privilegium Caesareum Cum privilegio Regum et Hollandiae ordinum Anselmus van Hulle pinxit et Paulus Pontius Sculpsit [c.1645]
Engraving, platemark 400 x 295mm (15¾ x 11½"). Trimmed unevenly on right, cutting into image lower right; vertical folds. Large margins on 3 sides. Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626-89). The daughter of Gustavus Adolphus and Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg, Christina was crowned 1644 but abdicated 1654. She converted to Catholicism, moved to Rome and devoted herself to the arts and sciences. Engraving from the 'Icones legatorum', a series of portraits showing the dignitaries (plenipotentiaries) present at the peace negotiations in Münster und Osnabrück at the end of the Thirty Years' War, leading to the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. The portraits were originally painted by Anselmus van Hulle (1594/1601-1665) and engraved by various printmakers including, in this instance, Paulus Pontius (1603-58), who also worked with Rubens and van Dyck amongst others. The series was first published in Antwerp in 1648 containing thirty-three portraits, with expanded editions appearing in 1649 and 1696.
[Ref: 42378] £260.00
[Christina, queen of Sweden] Christine peut donner des Loix / Aux Coeurs des Vainqueurs les plus braves [...]
Bourdon Pin. Nanteuil Sculpebat 1654
Engraving, sheet 255 x 195mm (10 x 7¾"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet at edges. Christina, queen of Sweden (1626-89). One of the most remarkable women of the seventeenth century, Christina succeeded her father as Swedish monarch at the age of six but abdicated in 1654, aged twenty-eight. She then moved to Rome, converted to Catholicism, and became an important patron of the arts. Engraving by Robert Nanteuil, one of the greatest seventeenth century engravers, after a portrait by Sébastien Bourdon (1616-71) now in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. Bourdon was invited to Stockholm by Christina in 1652 to become her court painter, and he painted several portraits of the queen over the next two years. Bourdon returned to his native France following Christina's abdication.
[Ref: 42992] £160.00
[Christina, queen of Sweden] Pingere Suecorum Numen dum Tentat Apelles, / Omnis in effigie Luditur asq Labor [...]
J. Falck sculp et excu. cum priv. R.S.
Engraving, sheet 340 x 215mm (13½ x 8½"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Fine. Christina, queen of Sweden (1626-89), as Minerva. One of the most remarkable women of the seventeenth century, Christina succeeded her father as Swedish monarch at the age of six but abdicated in 1654, aged twenty-eight. She then moved to Rome, converted to Catholicism, and became an important patron of the arts. Rare engraving by Jeremias Falck (?1610-77), Polish engraver who was appointed court engraver to Christina in 1650. He also worked in Paris and Copenhagen.
[Ref: 42993] £280.00
Carolus XI D.G. Suecorum Gothorum, Vandalorum etc: Rex.
P. Stephani Fec.
ex Formis Nicolai Visscher cum Privil: Ordin: General: Belgii Federati [c.1700].
Etching, sheet 230 x 160mm (9 x 6¼"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet at edges. Karl XI (1655-97), king of Sweden. Crowned in 1675 at the age of seventeen, Karl was immediately required to defend lands recently acquired from Denmark in the Scanian War (1675-9). Thereafter he sustained peace for the remainder of his rule, and was succeeded by his son Karl.
[Ref: 42991] £140.00
[Karl XII, king of Sweden] Carolus XII D.G.
Suecorum Gothorum et Vandalorum Rex Augustissimus &c. &c. [...]
D.K. Ehrenstrahl pinxit W. Faithorne Fecit. Cum Privilegio Regis. E. Cooper excudit .
Rare mezzotint, sheet 330 x 245mm (13 x 9½"). Trimmed; glued to backing sheet at edges. Karl XII (1682-1718), king of Sweden from 1697 until his death. Karl first demonstrated his exceptional skills as a military leader when winning several victories in the Great Northern War (1700-21) which was begun when a triple alliance of Denmark-Norway, Saxony-Poland-Lithuania and Russia launched an attack on the Swedish protectorate, significantly outnumbering the forces of the inexperienced Swedish king. A major victory over a Russian army some three times the size at the battle of Narva in 1700 led Peter the Great to sue for peace, which Karl rejected. Mezzotint published soon after the battle of Narva (to which the text refers), engraved after a portrait by David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl (1628-98), German-born artist who became a founding father of Swedish painting.
CS: 5 only state; Fagan: Not in.
[Ref: 42985] £320.00
[Karl XII, king of Sweden] Carolus XII D.G. Suecorum Gothorum et Vandalorum Rex.
E.C. Heys excud Aug. Vind. Cum Priv. S.C.M.
Mezzotint, sheet 320 x 210mm (12½ x 8¼"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Karl XII (1682-1718), king of Sweden from 1697 until his death. Karl first demonstrated his exceptional skills as a military leader when winning several victories in the Great Northern War (1700-21) which was begun when a triple alliance of Denmark-Norway, Saxony-Poland-Lithuania and Russia launched an attack on the Swedish protectorate, significantly outnumbering the forces of the inexperienced Swedish king. A major victory over a Russian army some three times the size at the battle of Narva in 1700 led Peter the Great to sue for peace, which Karl rejected.
[Ref: 43018] £240.00
Carolus XII D.G. Sueciæ Rex, etc. Den Dapperen Gustaaf Adolf een voorbeeld strekt, / Aan Karel die syn Geest, vol vuur voelt op gewekt.
J. Gole Fe: et ex: Amstel: cum Privil: Ord: H. et W-Frisiæ. [n.d., c.1700.]
Mezzotint. 185 x 140mm (7¼ x 5½"). Trimmed to plate, laid on album paper. Karl XII of Sweden, famed for his participation in the Great Northern War (1700-21) which, after initial success, led to the end of the Swedish Empire.
[Ref: 43120] £240.00
[Charles XII of Sweden and Georg Heinrich von Görtz, Baron of Schlitz] Carolus XII R. Sueciae Baro Goertz.
[R Smith sc]
Engraving, sheet 240 x 170mm (9½ x 6¾"). Trimmed to image, losing engraver's name, and glued to backing sheet. The German Diplomat Georg Heinrich von Görtz (1668-1719) with Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718). Published in Aubry de la Mottraye's 'Voyages' (1727).
[Ref: 42251] £140.00
[Charles XII of Sweden and Georg Heinrich von Görtz, Baron of Schlitz] Carolus XII R. Sueciae Baro Goertz.
[The Hague: T. Johnson & J. van Duren, 1727.]
Engraving. Sheet 240 x 170mm (9½ x 6¾"). Trimmed to image. Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718), with his chief advisor, the German diplomat Georg Heinrich von Görtz (1668-1719). Published in Aubry de la Mottraye's 'Voyages' (1727).
[Ref: 43006] £140.00
Emeric Comte de Teckely Chef des Mécontents en Hongrie.
S. Thomassin Sculptor Regius
Se Vend a Paris chez Thomassin rue St. Jacques vis a vis la rue du Platre a l'Image St. Jean avec Privil du Roy [c.1700]
Engraving, sheet 225 x 170mm (8¾ x 6¾"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Count Imre Thököly de Késmárk (1658-1705), Hungarian nobleman who led an anti-Habsburg uprising, following his father Istvan (who died when he was a child) in doing so. He led an army of rebels, reinforced by Turkish and Transylvanian forces, and established himself as Prince of Upper Hungary (1682-5). Having formed an alliance with the Ottoman Empire, Thököly assisted the Turks in the Battle of Vienna in 1683, in which intervention from the Polish army of Sobieski led to a decisive defeat for the Ottoman army. Thököly then tried to reconcile himself with Habsburg Emperor Leopold I, offering to lay down his arms in exchange for recognition of Thököly as Prince of Upper Hungary and confirmation of Protestant religious rights in Hungary. Leopold, however, demanded complete surrender, and Thököly renewed hostilities. This 1685 campaign was also a failure and ended in imprisonment. Although Thököly achieved subsequent victories with diminished forces, he lost his principality of Upper Hungary and finally retired to Galata, near Istanbul, with large estates granted him by Sultan Mustafa II.
[Ref: 43001] £140.00
Cornelius Trump Kt. Baronet Leiutenant Admirall of Holland and Freezland.
P. Lelly Eques pinxit
Sold by Alex Browne at ye blew ballcony in little Queen Street [c.1690]
Mezzotint, sheet 335 x 245mm (13¼ x 9½"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Fine. Cornelis Tromp (1629-91), Lieutenant Admiral General and Admiral General in the Dutch Navy. Tromp fought in the three Anglo-Dutch Wars, distinguishing himself particularly in the Battle of Schooneveld and Battle of Texel (1673). He also served in the Scanian War, in which Denmark sought unsuccessfully to recover lands recently ceded to Sweden. Engraved after a portrait by the Dutch portrait painter and collector Sir Peter Lely (1618-80), painted around 1675 and now in London's National Maritime Museum.
CS: 41; Turner B50 II
[Ref: 42999] £280.00
Rembrandt Pinx G Graham Sculp.
London Published according to Act May 25 by Colnaghi & Co No 132 Pall Mall
Mezzotint, platemark 380 x 275mm (15 x 10¾"). Rare; slight damage on right. Sir Cornelis Martinus Tromp, 1st Baronet (1629-91), Commander in chief of the Dutch and Danish navies, purportedly after Rembrandt. Chaloner Smith queries the figure portrayed as it does not resemble other portraits of Tromp. It may be a self-portrait of Rembrandt himself.
[Ref: 43016] £390.00
[Maarten van Tromp] Den Edlen Manhaften Helt Marten Harpers Tromp Leutenant Admirael over de Zee der vereenich de Provincien
Crispin van de Pas delin
A.V. Waesberg exc [c.1640]
Engraving, sheet 275 x 200mm (10¾ x 8"). Trimmed; tipped into album sheet. Rare. Maarten van Tromp (1598-1653), the famous Dutch admiral, scourge of the English navy during the First Anglo-Dutch War (1652-3). Portrait surrounded by ship portraits and battle scenes, including depictions of the Battle of the Downs (21 October 1639), a battle in the English Channel in which Tromp's fleet decisively defeated the Spanish forces of Admiral Antonio de Oquendo.
[Ref: 43017] £280.00
[Abraham van der Hulst] De Onsterfelijcke Zeehelt Abraham vander Hulst, Viceadmirael van Hollant en Westvrieslant, onder het Ed: Moog: Collegie ter Admiraliteyt tot Amsterdam, geboren in Amsterdam 1619, geschoten en voor't Vaderlant overleden inde bevochte Victorie tegens de Engelsche den 12 juni 1666.
Jan de Visscher Sculpsit
Engraving, sheet 490 x 340mm (19¼ x 13¼"). Trimmed inside platemark; fold through centre. Small tear on right edge. Abraham van der Hulst (1619 - 1666), Dutch admiral. Van der Hulst captained the 'Groningen' ship during the First Anglo-Dutch War (1652-4) and subsequently blockaded Portugal in the later stages of the Dutch-Portuguese war (1601-61). He then returned to action against the English in the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665-7). He fought in the Battle of Lowestoft, a heavy defeat for the Dutch in which van der Hulst's conduct saw him promoted to admiral. He was second-in-command to Cornelis Tromp in the 'Four Days Battle' (11 June to 14 June) off the Isle of Thanet, which remains one of the longest naval engagements in history. Van der Hulst commanded the ship the 'Spiegel' and was shot in the chest by a bullet and died on June 12th. This print commemorates his participation in the battle, which can be seen taking place in the background. Van der Hulst was buried in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, where a marble tomb by Artus de With was erected in his memory.
For other impressions see refs. 229 and 31881.
[Ref: 42790] £240.00
[William II, Prince of Orange] Wilhelmus by der Gratie Godts Prince van Oraengien. Grave van Nassau, &c [...]
Crispyn van Quebooren
Abr. Van Waesbergen Exc Amsterdam 
Etching, 17th century watermark; sheet 260 x 170mm (10¼ x 6¾"). Cut. William II, Prince of Orange (1626 - 1650) as a boy. In 1641 William married Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I of England. In 1647 he succeeded his father, Frederick Henry, as Prince of Orange, but served as stadtholder for only three years before dying of smallpox. William worked secretly for the restoration to the throne of his brother-in-law Charles II, king of England, but William's own son was to become William III of England, and thus end the Stuart reign in England. Possibly engraved from the full-length portrait of William by Gerard van Honthorst.
For an engraving reproducing Honthorst's portrait in full see ref. 16056.
[Ref: 43003] £140.00
[The Prince of Orange, General of the Dutch Forces and Stadtholder of Holland surrounded by Ministers of State.] Syn Koninckl: Hooghet de Heer Prince van Oranjen, wert Capitein Generael gemaeckt den 25 Febr: 1672.
[Romain de Hooghe.]
Engraving, rare. Sheet: 300 x 180mm (12 x 7"). Trimmed to image and laid on album sheet at edges. Some damage in banner. A scene showing the election of William, Prince of Orange (1650-1702) (later William III of England), to the role of Stadtholder in the Netherlands. Following the first Anglo-Dutch war Cromwell had demanded that the position of Stadtholder remain vacant, however, with the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 this demand was deemed void. Following what was called the 'disaster year' in 1672 in which the Dutch went to war with both the French and the English it was decided to elect William of Orange to the post. The scene shows William standing behind a table surrounded by his ministers of state, behind them musicians play and figures sit around a large dining table.
[Ref: 42033] £260.00