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Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate

(1618-1680), Abbess; Daughter of Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia and Elizabeth of Bohemia

Sitter associated with 12 portraits
Elizabeth, Princess Palatine was the eldest daughter and most gifted child of Frederick V and Elizabeth Stuart, who were briefly elected King and Queen of Bohemia. She studied science and philosophy, and when Descartes stayed in the Netherlands a friendship between the princess and the philosopher developed. At her request, he became her teacher in philosophy and morals, and in 1644, he dedicated to her his Principia. The two maintained a philosophical correspondence for seven years until his death. Elizabeth went on to become abbess of the protestant ecclesiastical community of Herford in Germany.

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Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate, after Gerrit van Honthorst - NPG 340

Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate

after Gerrit van Honthorst
oil on panel, feigned oval
NPG 340

The King and Queen of Bohemia and their family, after Unknown artist - NPG D26452

The King and Queen of Bohemia and their family

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26452

Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate, by Crispyn van den Queborne - NPG D26470

Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate

by Crispyn van den Queborne
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26470

Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate, by Crispyn van den Queborne - NPG D18201

Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate

by Crispyn van den Queborne
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D18201

Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate, by Wallerant Vaillant, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32641

Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate

by Wallerant Vaillant, after Unknown artist
etching, 1656
NPG D32641

Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate, after Crispyn van den Queborne - NPG D26471

Elizabeth, Princess of the Palatinate

after Crispyn van den Queborne
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26471

'James I and his royal progeny', by Charles Turner, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Willem de Passe - NPG D25692

'James I and his royal progeny'

by Charles Turner, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Willem de Passe
mezzotint, published 1814
NPG D25692

'James I and his royal progeny', by Charles Turner, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Willem de Passe - NPG D34878

'James I and his royal progeny'

by Charles Turner, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Willem de Passe
mezzotint, published 1814
NPG D34878

'James I and his royal progeny', by Charles Turner, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Willem de Passe - NPG D9808

'James I and his royal progeny'

by Charles Turner, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Willem de Passe
mezzotint, published 1814
NPG D9808

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'James I and his royal progeny'

by Willem de Passe, published by John Bill, sold by Thomas Jenner
line engraving, circa 1625-1637
NPG D19378

Web image not currently available

'James I and his royal progeny'

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

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