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Frederick V, King of Bohemia and Elector Palatine; Gabriel Bethlen

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Frederick V, King of Bohemia and Elector Palatine; Gabriel Bethlen

published by Claes Jansz Visscher
line engraving, 1619 or after
8 1/4 in. x 6 1/2 in. (211 mm x 165 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1913
Reference Collection
NPG D19106

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Clergyman, Arthur Hildersham, publishes A Briefe Forme of Examination and The Doctrine of Communicating Worthily in the Lord's Supper. A Puritan divine, Hildersham advocated for regular communion and emphasised the need of assurance in salvation.


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Dr. Christoph Buehler

30 November 2018, 12:10

The engraving is labelled "Fredericus.. bohemiae rex" and "Gabriel Batter" - this was taken for registration.
But Frederick and Gabriel Bathory never met, Frederick became King in 1619 and Bathory died 1613. That's a failure in labelling by the artist. So it is only possible, that not Bathory is ment, but Gabriel Bethlen, the allied of Frederick in their war against Habsburg (and godfather of Fredrick's son, Prince Rupert). The City in the rear is labelled "Pressburg" (Bratislava), and this town was taken by Bethlen in 1619.
May be, in 1650, there was neither a reason to publish the printing nor any client would buy this in times of conterrevolution. In my humble opinion, this engraving was made in the beginning 1620's. Visscher startet about 1623 in printing cartografical sheets.

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