This historic early 17th-century engraving by Flemish printmaker Pieter de Jode the Elder (1570-1634) depicts Anne of Denmark, Queen Consort of Great Britain.
It’s around 400 years old and a remarkable survivor.
Pieter de Jode the Elder produced numerous portraits of Royals and several can be viewed online via the National Portrait Gallery. These include King James I, King Charles I, Phillip II King of Spain, and Anne of Denmark. His motivation is unclear but one assumes he produced them for the growing print market in major European cities.
Anne of Denmark is rarely spoken of and the history books have consigned the Queen Consort to a role of extravagant expenditure, little influence, and lavish parties. However, it’s clear that she had an iron will and her role within the development of the arts is a vital one. Her son, the more conspicuous Charles I, picked up the baton and transformed our nation's Royal cabinet (unfortunately also depleting the Royal coffers in the process). So without Anne, perhaps Van Dyck would’ve plied his magnificent mannerist trade elsewhere.
Produced quite possibly within Anne’s lifetime, this charming 17th-century engraving is a rare Jacobean portrait of a notable Royal.
Held in a contemporary glazed frame.
Medium: Engraving on hand-laid paper
Overall size: 11½” x 13” / 29cm x 33cm
Year of creation: c. 1630
Condition: Artwork presents well.
Pieter de Jode the Elder
Pieter de Jode the Elder trained under his father Gerard de Jode and later under Hendrik Goltzius. His works are held in numerous public collections including at the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, British Museum, National Galleries Scotland, and the Royal Academy.
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