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Print - Designs for the Earl of Ranelagh
  • Designs for the Earl of Ranelagh
    Charles de Moelder
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Designs for the Earl of Ranelagh

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (Porter Street )

  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

    Charles de Moelder (designer)
    Charles de Moelder (engraver)

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  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 144

This plate shows a dedicatory inscription by Charles de Moelder, a highly esteemed ornamental engraver of the late seventeenth century. The dedication is addressed to Richard Jones, the Earl and Viscount of Ranelagh, who, at the time of the dedication, was at the height of his career. Along with his hereditary title, he was a member of the House of Commons and Paymaster General of the Forces. Throughout his career the Viscount was a lover of the arts, and these engravings of de Moelder were doubtless a fine addition to his collection. Nine years after the dedication of de Moelder’s book, the Viscount was dismissed from both his positions after it was discovered that he had stolen upwards of £900,000 from the crown. In the engraving, the naturalistic and architectural are cleverly combined to produce an effect of elegant and sophisticated design. The resultant effect from the combination of these two elements is similar to that found in Rome’s Trevi Fountain, built a few years after this print was published.

Physical description

Large ornamental border containing a dedicatory inscription. On the left side, a structured frame with putti hanging on to vines, and one putti on the top of the frame holding out a vine. On the right side, a organic frame of acanthus leaves as though swept over the original froame. The two sides meet in a symterical arabesque in the centre. The dedication also includes the coat of arms of the Earl of Ranelagh.

Place of Origin

London (Porter Street )




Charles de Moelder (designer)
Charles de Moelder (engraver)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

"To the Rt. Honble Richard, Earl & Viscount of Raelagh, Baron of navan. Pay master Genll. of their majesties forces and one of the Lords of their majesties most Hon.ble Privy Councill.

My Lord,
In consideration of your Lordships Goodnesse, and universal knowledge, I most humbly presume to prostrate, this poor work, at your Hon.rs feet for protection ost humbly Praying your Lordship, that you would be pleased to Pardon my ignorant boldness, in making this mean dedication. And must assure myself, that your Lordshis, most kind Reception, & patronage will intitle me to ye hopes of serving your Honrs Commands in ye quality of

Your Lordships most humblest and obedient Servent. C. De Moelder in. fecit. Ano 1694."


Height: 42.5 cm, Width: 28 cm

Object history note

This plate is associated with V&A inventory number E. 1062-1899.

Descriptive line

Charles de Moelder (after), dedicatory plate from a set of designs dedicated to the Earl of Ranelagh. British, 1694.

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

Fuhring, Peter, and Jennifer Kilian. Ornament prints in the Rijksmuseum II, Pt. 1. The, seventeenth century / Peter Fuhring. Ornament Prints in the Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, 2004.

Subjects depicted

Heraldry; Acanthus; Putti


Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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