Henry van der Borcht, Painter, 1648, after Meyssens

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Wenzel Hollar (1607-1677) etching Henry van der Borcht, Painter, 1648, after Meyssens.  Reference: Pennington 1365, second state of five. Impressions were taken in a first edition in 1649, then some corrections were made to the inscription in the margin at the bottom before the second edition in 1661 (most notably, the “de Prince of Walles” was changed to “du Prince of Galles”).  This impression is from this second, but still lifetime, edition. (In later, posthumous editions the plate was re-worked and numbers were added.)

A fine early lifetime impression, in good condition apart from slight foxing (mostly on verso), some thin spots (also on verso), with margins, 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 (sheet 8 x 5 3/4) inches, archival mounting.

Hollar’s patron in England was the Earl of Arundel, who had a major art collection.  Henry van der Borcht (1614-1654) was the son of the Earl’s art curator; he was a painter and occasional etcher.   Hollar thus knew him for four or five years, before leaving England when Arundel died, in 1646.  At that point (now in Antwerp), Hollar made etchings of the paintings in the Earl’s collection.

Henry holds in his hand a book open to a plate of the Descent From the Cross by Raphael. This design was at the time attributed to Raphael, but is probably not by him.

This is from a series of portraits painted by Meyssens that included a portrait of Hollar himself.