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On display at V&A South Kensington
Europe 1600-1815, Room 6, The Lisa and Bernard Selz Gallery

Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia

Bust
1641 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Elizabeth (1596-1662), was the sister of Charles I of England. This bust is a second version of one paired with a portrait of her hsband, King Frederick V, in the collection of H.R.H. the Prince of Hanover. It was one of the first commissions recevied by the sculptor after he had left England for the Hague, where the Queen was living in exile.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleThe Winter Queen (popular title)
Materials and Techniques
Marble
Brief Description
Marble bust of Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia by François Dieussart, made in the Netherlands, 1641
Physical Description
Bust, marble. The subject is shown looking to her half-right. She wears a firnged gown which is caught on her left shoulder with a circular clasp. Her hair falls in ringlets over the ears and is drawn back over the top of the head and arranged at the back in a circle of plaits. Inscribed on the front of the base: AELIS. REG/ BOH/ FIL. JAC. REX. MAG. BRIT. 1641.
Dimensions
  • With socle height: 81.6cm
  • Socle height: 16.8cm
  • Width: 57cm
  • Depth: 50cm
  • Height: 710mm (without socle) (Note: Measured by Conservation for Europe 1600-1800)
  • Width: 630mm (Note: Measured by Conservation for Europe 1600-1800)
  • Depth: 390mm (Note: Measured by Conservation for Europe 1600-1800)
Marks and Inscriptions
AELIS. REG. BOH. FIL.IAC. REX. MAG. BRI. 1641.
Credit line
Purchased with Art Fund support
Object history
Bought from the executors of the Earl of Craven with a contribution from the National Art Collection Fund.
Subject depicted
Summary
Elizabeth (1596-1662), was the sister of Charles I of England. This bust is a second version of one paired with a portrait of her hsband, King Frederick V, in the collection of H.R.H. the Prince of Hanover. It was one of the first commissions recevied by the sculptor after he had left England for the Hague, where the Queen was living in exile.
Bibliographic References
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Yearbook 4, p. 73
  • Whinney, Margaret. Sculpture in Britain 1530 to 1830 (revised by J. Physick), London, 1988, p. 440, note 33.
  • Scholten, F, Sumptuous Memories: Studies in Seventeenth Century Dutch tomb sculpture, Zwolle, 2003, p. 123.
  • Trusted, Marjorie (ed.), The Making of Sculpture. The materials and techniques of European Sculpture, London, 2007, p. 97, pl. 168.
  • Hayes, John. The portrait in British art : masterpieces bought with the help of the National Art Collections Fund National Portrait Gallery Publications, London, 1991
  • Medlam, S. and Ellis Miller, L. (eds.) Princely Treasures: European Masterpieces 1600-1800 from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publishing, 2011.
Collection
Accession Number
A.8-1967

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record createdMarch 8, 2004
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