This scarce original antique print shows a portrait of Henry II (French: Henri II; 31 March 1519 – 10 July 1559), he was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 31 March 1547 until his death in 1559. The second son of Francis I, he became Dauphin of France upon the death of his elder brother Francis III, Duke of Brittany, in 1536. Auto-lithographed from the originals at Castle Howard, Yorkshire.
Crayon lithograph with toned background on vellin paper.
Sheet size: 33 x 42,7 cm. Image size: 27,3 x 34,7 cm.
From: ‘Three Hundred French Portraits representing Personages of the Courts of Francis I , Henry II , and Francis II , by Clouet’, by Lord Ronald Gower, after the originals when they were at Castle Howard, Yorkshire. Published in London 1875. First edition.
Made by Lord Ronald Gower after Francois Clouet. Lord Ronald Charles Sutherland-Leveson-Gower (2 August 1845 – 9 March 1916), known as Lord Ronald Gower, was a Scottish Liberal politician, sculptor and writer from the Leveson-Gower family. Francois Clouet (c. 1510-1572), son of Jean Clouet, was a French Renaissance miniaturist and painter, particularly known for his detailed portraits of the French ruling family.
Condition: Good, given age. A few small foxing spots. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.