[Isabella Clara Eugenia in the habit of the Order of St Clare]
Etching with very large margins, platemark 225 x 150mm (8¾ x 6"). 'Printed by E Lumsden' in pencil lower right.
Isabella, daughter of Philip II and ruler of the Spanish Netherlands (1566-1633) with her husband Albert. After Albert's death she became a nun, in which habit she is shown here. Etched by the Scottish painter and etcher Andrew Geddes (1783-1844) after a portrait by van Dyck (Turin, Galleria Sabauda). The Oxford DNB states that 'as an etcher Geddes ranks higher than as a painter; his plates may be regarded as among the very earliest examples in modern British art of the brilliancy, concentration, and spirited selection of line proper to a ‘painter's-etching’'. This impression was printed by the printmaker and author Ernest Lumsden, who must have acquired the plate.
CD 46; Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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