Philippa, Queen of Edw.d III, soliciting him for the lives of the six devoted Citizens of Calais, A.D. 1347.Acta Historica Reginarum Angliae. Plate III. Engraved from the Original Drawing, of the same dimensions in the Possession of Mr. V. Green. To Her Royal Highness Princess Augusta Sophia, This Plate is, by Permission, Most Humbly Dedicated, by Her Royal Highness's Most Devoted and Obedient Servant Valentine Green.
Publish'd January 18th, 1788, by V. & R. Green No. 29 Newman Street, Oxford Street, London.
Fine mezzotint, platemark 490 x 625mm (19¼ x 24½"). Slight creasing on left. Uncut, large margins.
Philippa of Hainault, Queen consort of Edward III, soliciting her husband to release the Burghers of Calais. After the successful siege of Calais by Edward III, the city parleyed for surrender. Edward offered to spare the city on the condition that six of its leaders surrendered themselves to him, which they did. However, Philippa persuaded her husband not to execute these citizens, claiming their deaths would be a bad omen. The episode also inspired Rodin's famous sculpture 'The Burghers of Calais', one cast of which stands near the Houses of Parliament in London. Plate three 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: 250 II of II; CS: 153.3. Ex Collection of Hon Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
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