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Drawing - Allegorical portrait of Frederick of Hesse-Kassel
  • Allegorical portrait of Frederick of Hesse-Kassel
    Verkolje, Nicolaas, born 1673 - died 1746
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Allegorical portrait of Frederick of Hesse-Kassel

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Holland (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1715 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Verkolje, Nicolaas, born 1673 - died 1746 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.586-1929

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 257

Physical description

Allegorical portrait of Frederick of Hesse-Kassel in armour with a portrait of Princess Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden and an Allegory of Time in the right hand-side background, pen and ink and wash on paper, Dutch school, c. 1715

Place of Origin

Holland (made)

Date

c. 1715 (made)

Artist/maker

Verkolje, Nicolaas, born 1673 - died 1746 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 201 mm, Width: 161 mm

Object history note

Johanna Koerten Blok (1650-1715), her sale, Haarlem, 7 August 1765, lot 21 (Album A); Johannes Enschede, Haarlem; Wellesley Collection; R.H. Stephenson, bequeathed to the museum in 1929

Historical context note

Formerly attributed to the French artist Bernard Picart, this drawing was in fact recognised by Robert-Jan te Rijdt (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam) as a work by the Dutch artist Nicolaas Verkolje (1673-1746). The sitter is Frederick of Hesse-Kassel, future Frederick I of Sweden (1676-1751), son of Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kasseland, and is based on a mezzotint portrait by Pieter Schenk I (1660-1713).

The lady represented in the oval painting behind him is his second wife, Princess Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden, whom he married in 1715.He was then granted the title Prince of Sweden, during Ulrika Eleonora's rule as queen regnant from 1718 until her abdication in 1720. Frederick then succeeded her on the throne.

Descriptive line

Drawing, Nicolaas Verkolje, Allegorical portrait of Frederick of Hesse-Kassel, pen and ink and wash, Dutch school, c. 1715

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.
Jane Shoaf Turner and Robert-Jan te Rijdt, " Miscellania. V&A: ’The ones that got away’", Sculpsit & Delineavit, no. 42 (Jan 2018), pp. 91-97, fig. 6.

Materials

Paper (fiber product); Ink; Wash

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Helmet; Portraits; Armour; Allegorical

Categories

Drawings; Allegory; Royalty; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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