Wenceslaus Hollar (Artist) Anthony van Dyck (Related Artist)

Alethea, Countess of Arundel

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

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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.

Title
Alethea, Countess of Arundel
Artist/creator
Production date
1646
Medium
etching and engraving
Dimensions
247 x 195 mm
Inscription
Illustrissima ... Domina .... Alathea Talbot, etcdd; Comitissa. Arundelliae Et Surriae, Etc; Et Primna Comitissa Angliae.. Ant. Van Dyck Pinxit. Whollar Fecit 1646 Antverpiae.. Verso; (pencil) The Duchess of Arundel (l.l.) p1354 (l.r.). Inscribed verso bottom left-bottom centre, pencil, 'The Duchess [sic] of Arundel'. Inscribed verso bottom right, pencil, 'P.1354' [Parthey 1354]..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/201
Other ID
1354 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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