His Highness Prince Rupert.
Mezzotint, very rare. Platemark: 335 x 255mm (13¼ x 10"). Repaired tear bottom centre. Slight damage top right.
A portrait of Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619 - 1682), three-quarter length, standing to the right, wearing a wig, lace cravat, and robes of the Garter. A pillar is seen in the background and a landscape with hills, a river and trees are in the distance to the right. Prince Rupert of the Rhine was the son of Frederick, Elector Palatine and Elizabeth of Bohemia. In 1642, already an experienced soldier, he was given command of the cavalry of his uncle, Charles I of England, becoming captain-general of all Royalist forces in 1644. Prince Rupert had artistic and scientific interests and played an important role in the development of mezzotint as well as experimenting with gunpowder, metallurgy, gunnery, and glass manufacture.
Chaloner Smith 42.II.
[Ref: 36989] £140.00