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Prince Rupert, Count Palatine
published by Balthasar Moncornet, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, mid 17th century
6 3/8 in. x 4 5/8 in. (161 mm x 118 mm) plate size; 6 5/8 in. x 4 7/8 in. (167 mm x 124 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
- Prince Rupert, Count Palatine (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.
- Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1017 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.
- Balthasar Moncornet (circa 1600-1668), Tapissier, engraver and print publisher. Artist associated with 53 portraits.
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