Anna. Comtissa de Bedford.
Londini, avec Priv. du Roy et ex. parisis. [n.d. c.1660.]
Copper engraving. Plate 350 x 247mm. 13¾ x 9¾".
Anne Carr, Countess of Bedford (1620-1684) was wife to William, Duke of Bedford and daughter or Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset and Frances Howard. According to Burke's Peerage, she was born in 1615 in the Tower of London, but other sources give 1620. Lombart's most famous work was the series of twelve portraits after van Dyck that he engraved around 1660, often known as the 'Countesses' from the Latin of their titles. Mariette in his entry on Lombart in his Abecedario stated that this set alone would suffice to place him 'au rang des premiers graveurs'. All twelve plates are the same size, and show three-quarter-length figures, ten women and two men, in 15mm wide borders that imitate frames of the period.
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