Anna de Morton Comitissa

Method Copper engraving
Artist Pierre Lombart after Anthony van Dyck
Published londini avec Privileige du Roy et ex. parisis [c. 1662, but 18th century impression]
Dimensions Image 315 x 254 mm, Plate 350 x 264 mm, Sheet 383 x 277 mm
Notes Three-quarter length portrait of Anna Douglas, Countess of Morton, stood before a sill. She wears a silk dress, embellished with jewels, and a fur stole over her left shoulder. Her hair is curled, and adorned with flowers. In her left hand, she holds flowers, which rest upon the sill, and a landscape view is present in the background to the left. The portrait is set within an ornate frame.

The portrait is based on a painting by van Dyck's, and was included in Pierre Lombart's most famous work, often called The Countesses. The series contained twelve portraits after Anthony van Dyck, each of which depicted the sitter in three-quarter length. The ten women and two men illustrated in the series were; Anne Carr, Countess of Bedford; Lucy, Countess of Carlisle; Margaret, Countess of Carlisle; Anna Sophia, Countess of Carnarvo; Elizabeth, Countess of Castlehaven; Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire; Rachel, Countess of Middlesex; Penelope, Lady Herbert; Dorothy Sidney; Countess of Sunderland; Elizabeth, Countess of Morton; Henry Howard, Earl of Arundel; and Philip Herbert, Earl of Pembroke.

Anna Douglas (née Villiers), Countess of Morton (c.1610 - 1654) was an English noblewoman, daughter of the English diplomat Edward Villiers. She was famed for her beauty and loyalty to the throne, with the mid-17th century closet drama 'Cicilia and Clorinda' being dedicated to her. Anna went on to marry Robert Douglas, a Scottish nobleman, and Earl of Morton.

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was one of the most prominent Flemish Baroque painters. Born in Antwerp, he was a pupil of Hendrik van Balen, but was soon noticed by Rubens with whom he would work closely during his early career. Van Dyck became a master of the St Luke Guild in 1618, went on to paint in Italy from 1621-1626, and then worked predominantly in England from 1632 onwards, where he was knighted by Charles I. Van Dyck was very prolific, he produced many portraits for members of the European aristocracy, as well as religious and mythological paintings and works on paper.

Pierre Lombart (1612/13 - 1681) was a French born engraver, working in both France and England. Although being a well recognised engraver in England, relatively little is known about his life. The first trace of Lombart in England is around 1649, and he went on to engrave numerous plates for Ogilby's various publications. Lombart's time in London can roughly be traced through his plates, which were usually inscribed with 'a Londres', and are dated until 1660. By 1663, he had returned to Paris, where he remained for the remainder of his life.

O'Donoghue 1, New Hollstein (Dutch and Flemish) 259 (Van Dyck)

Condition:Light surface dirt and creases to edges of sheet.
Framing unmounted
Price £90.00
Stock ID 46896