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Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate (1619-1682), Soldier and patron of science; Son of Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia and Elizabeth of Bohemia

Sitter associated with 45 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
The third son of Frederick V and Elizabeth, the exiled King and Queen of Bohemia, Rupert was a nephew of Charles I. He was made an honorary Founder Fellow of the Royal Society in 1664. He submitted a wide range of research including a water pump, navigational instruments, gunpowder, an early machine gun and a perspective aid for artists. He proved to be one of the most skillful and inspiring Royalist commanders in the Civil War. Having survived being shot in the head in 1647, Rupert conducted surgical experiments on his wound and presented papers to the Society. He was also the earliest practitioner of mezzotint engraving in England and demonstrated the technique in 1661.

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D18851

Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate

by Hendrik Snyers, published by Johannes Meyssens, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D18851

D19602

Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate

by Hendrik Snyers, published by Johannes Meyssens, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D19602

D19501

Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate

by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, early 1640s
NPG D19501

D34

Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate

by George Perfect Harding
pen and wash, 1802-1853
NPG D34

D19477

'James I and his royal progeny'

by Charles Turner, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Willem de Passe
mezzotint, published 1814
NPG D19477