Wenceslaus Hollar (Artist), Anthony van Dyck

Alethea, Countess of Arundel

Alethea, Countess of Arundel by Wenceslaus Hollar, Anthony van Dyck

Artwork Detail

This print was made after a double-portrait (the so-called ‘Madagascar Portrait’) of the Earl and Countess of Arundel painted by Anthony van Dyck in 1639. The title refers to the earl’s unrealised plan to colonise the African island of Madagascar. Hollar’s Latin inscription refers to Alethea as the ‘premier countess of England’. But Arundel’s wife had lived in exile in Amsterdam since 1641, estranged from her husband. Like many royalists, she spent her remaining years away from her homeland, dying in 1654.

Alethea, Countess of Arundel
Wenceslaus Hollar, Anthony van Dyck
Production date
etching and engraving
247 x 195 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
1354 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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