Used; Like New/Used; Like New. "Jacoba Govtero inter regios magnae Britanniae..."Â Etching, ca. 1632-1635, 262 x 204 mm., Bartsch 59, Dutuit 58 iii/iv, Hollstein 23 iii/v. Â A very fine impression, the guidelines for the text still showing, on laid paper trimmed just outside the subject and text; few very small tears to edges, backed to another sheet, unexamined out of frame but otherwise in fine condition. Â Set in a fine hand-painted French mat with silver detailing and framed in gilted wood to 13.5 x 16 inches [35 x 40 cm].Â Gaultier was court lutenist in London from about 1617 to 1647. Lievens, after his roommate, Rembrandt, left Leyden to go to Amsterdam, fell under the influence of Van Dyck, and went to London for a time where he etched this now celebrated portrait.AmongÂ the most distinguished Dutch artists of his day, over the six decades of his career Lievens worked for members of the Dutch and English princely households, won important religiousÂ and civic commissions, and excelled in a range of styles and subjects. HisÂ prints and drawings, like his paintings, were esteemed by connoisseurs andÂ copied by other artists.Â Although Lievens sought to become a painter of biblical and allegoricalÂ scenes, his gift for painting faces also won him ardent admiration. Constantijn Huygens â secretary to the Prince of Orange, as well as poet, writer, andintellectual â was one of the most influential Dutch patrons of art. After hisÂ initial visit to Lievens' studio in 1628, Huygens wrote that the artist "wreaksÂ miracles" with the human countenance and admiredÂ Lievens' extraordinary ability to evoke theÂ essence of a person through features alone. He became Lievens' lifelong advocate, sending important commissions his way. Â Lievens never narrowed his focusÂ entirely, but portraits became an essential part of his practice and a steadyÂ source of much-needed income.
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