Queen Matilda soliciting the Empress Maude for the Release of her Husband King Stephen from Imprisonment. A.D. 1141.Acta Historica Reginarum Angliae. Plate I. Engraved from the Original Drawing, of the same dimensions in the Possession of Mr. V. Green. To Her Most Serene Highness Elizabeth Augusta Electress Palatine Duchess of Bavaria, &c. &c. &c. This Plate is (by Her Gracious permission) Most humbly Dedicated, by Her Most Serene Highness's Most Devoted and Obedient humble Servant Valentine Green.
Publish'd March 21.st 1789 by V. & R. Green No. 29 Newman Street, Oxford Street, London.
Mezzotint, rare, platemark 490 x 625mm (19¼ x 24½"). Creasing on left. Uncut large margins.
Matilda of Boulogne, (1103?-1152), wife of Stephen, King of England, solicits the Empress Matilda (1102-67) for her husband's release. Civil war had broken out on the Empress's landing in England in 1140, and Stephen was taken prisoner at the battle of Lincoln. After the Empress's half-brother Robert, Earl of Gloucester, waas captured by the king's supporters, an exchange of prisoners eventually took place. Plate one of 'Acta Historicae Reginarum Angliae' by the celebrated mezzotinter Valentine Green (1739-183) from drawings by his former student Johann Gerhard Huck (c.1759-1811), with parallel text in French.
Whitman: 248.2; CS: 153.2 II of II. Ex Collection of Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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