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Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate

19 of 45 portraits of Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate

Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate, by William Faithorne, published by  Peter Stent, after  William Dobson, published 1662 - NPG D22928 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate

by William Faithorne, published by Peter Stent, after William Dobson
line engraving, published 1662
11 3/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (290 mm x 201 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford, 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D22928


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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.

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  • William Dobson (1611-1646), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 54 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 707 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
  • Peter Stent (circa 1613-1665), Printseller and printer. Artist associated with 65 portraits.

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Dobson's oil portrait of Prince Rupert, the nephew of Charles I and one of his principal commanders in the Civil War, is now lost. Both Dobson and the engraver William Faithorne had been apprentices of the artist and printseller William Peake. During the Civil War, while Dobson worked for the court in Oxford, Faithorne fought as an officer in the Royalist army. He was captured in October 1645 at the bloody end of the two-year siege of Basing House, Hampshire. Remarkably, the prints were engraved during his imprisonment by Parliamentary forces.

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