Original antique master print, titled: ‘King Charles the First’. It shows a full-length portrait of King Charles the First, in armor. His helmet and crown are placed on a ledge next to him.
Made by Josiah Boydell after Anthony van Dyck.
Medium: mezzotint engraving / etching on wove paper.
Sheet size: 42 x 65 cm (16.54 x 25.59 inch). Image size: 35 x 53 cm. (13.78 x 20.87 inch).
Condition: very good, given age. Foxing, mainly in the right and bottom margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
KING-CHARLES I-PORTRAIT | DP-A1-001-10
Original antique master print. Our definition of a Master Print is a seperately published print or series of prints, not being an illustrative print to a text. These can both be prints made by old masters (artists) or prints made by others (artists, engravers, etchers) after old masters. Artists and Engravers: Engraved by Boydell after a painting by Van Dyke. This print was published by John Boydell, in 1778.
Biography engraver: Josiah Boydell (1752-1817) was a British painter, engraver and publisher, who worked closely with his uncle, the publisher John Boydell. Josaih was trained in mezzotint engraving by Richard Earlom. One of his main commissions was to draw the picture collection of Richard Walpole.
Biography artist: Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) was a Flemish artist. He became the leading court painter in England after enjoying great succes in Italy and Flanders. His elegant but casual portraits of court and nobility would set the style in English portrait painting for the next 150 years. Beside his portraits, Van Dyke is known for his mythological and biblical subject treatment.