[Henry, Duke of Gloucester.]
[Dutch, N. Visscher, n.d. c.1660.]
Engraving, proof before all letters, sheet 380 x 285mm. 15 x 11¼". (Lettered to pedestal in pencil mss.) Trimmed to plate. One stain upper left.
Portrait of Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1640 - 1660), wearing armour and with a sash across his chest, with long wig, in a frame of laurel and with his arms in the lower margin. Henry was the Protestant brother of Charles II of England. The third son of Charles I, he visited his father the night before his execution. For the next three years he was confined by the Commonwealth regime. In 1652 Oliver Cromwell gave him permission to go abroad, and he joined his mother and brothers in Paris. His firm adherence to the Protestant religion, however, incensed his Roman Catholic mother, Queen Henrietta Maria. She turned him out after which he joined the Spaniards at Dunkirk, fighting alongside his brother the Duke of York (afterward James II) in 1658. Henry returned to England on the restoration of Charles II, but he died a few months later of smallpox. Issued as a pair to the portrait of the Duke of York (see item Ref: 3981). After Simon Luttichuys (baptised 1610 - 1661).
NPG D10635; for lettered state see ref. 24911
[Ref: 24913] £260.00