Henrietta Countess of Orrery

Method Copper engraving
Artist George Vertue after Isaac Seeman
Published [c. 1732]
Dimensions Image 300 x 245 mm, Sheet 374 x 270 mm
Notes A three quarter length portrait of Henrietta Boyle, standing to the right and leaning unto a pedestal. She is wearing a low cut silk dress with lace collar. The Boyle family coat of arms on the pedestal, with the motto "Honor Virtvtis Praemium" ("Honor is the reward of Virtue").

Henrietta (née Hamilton) Boyle, Countess of Cork and Orrery (1746-1840), was the daughter of John Mockton, the 1st Viscount of Galway. She was interested in literature from a young age and became a hostess of many literary salons and clubs, with guests such as Reynolds, Burke, Horace Walpole, Byron, Walter Scott and many others. Henrietta married Edmund Boyle, the 7th Earl of Cork and Orrery in 1786.

George Vertue (1684-1756) was an antiquary and engraver. He was born in the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Vertue was apprenticed to a silver engraver and later to the Flemish engraver Michael Vandergucht. His early work included plates after Kneller, whose academy he attended from 1711. Vertue had a deep interest in antiquarian research, and much of his work was devoted to the subject. He also served as the official engraver to the Society of Antiquaries (1717-56). From 1713 onwards, Vertue dedicated his research to the details of the history of British art, which resulted in an extensive collection of notebooks now in the British Library. The contents of these notebooks were the basis of Horace Walpole's 1762 'Anecdotes of Painting'. There are approximately five hundred portraits attributed to Vertue, and an equivalent number of published plates devoted to antiquarian subjects.

Ex. Col.: Earl de Grey

O'Donoghue 1

Condition: Trimmed just within plate mark and pasted unto an album page. Overall time toning. Creasing to bottom right corner, not affecting image.
Framing unmounted
Price £95.00
Stock ID 46898