Ioannes 4 Lusitanie Rex 21. natus 19 Mart. 1603. Ex Ducatu Bragantie_omnium voce clamante...suscepta cura, quatuor ab Hispanis reportatis victorijs, regalis Bragantie Do:mus perenniter firmatur in Solia.[In frame around portrait:] Neque alienam terram sumpsimus, neque aliena detinemus, sed hereditatem patrum nostrorum, queab inimicis nostris aliquo tempore possessa est. Machab.1.C.15.
A rare engraving. 271 x 182mm. 10¾ x 7¼". Trimmed to image false margins added.
John IV of Portugal (1603-1656). He was patron of music and arts and was considered a sophisticated writer on music and of music. His library, one of the largest in the world, was destroyed in the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. His most famous composition is a setting of the Crux fidelis, a work that remains highly popular during Lent amongst church choirs. His daughter, Catherine of Braganza, marrieed Charles II of England. In politics and military he led the Portuguese Restoration War against Spain, and was so successful that on the eve of his death in 1656, the Portuguese empire had reached its zenith spanning almost 3 billion acres.
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