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Jacob Gole (1660-1737)

Anne D.G. Angliae Scot: Fran: et Hiberniae Regina etc. c.1702-14

Mezzotint | 35.7 x 26.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 603351

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  • Mezzotint of Anne as queen. Bust length with crown, hair in ringlets, low gown and mantle fastened with jewelled clasp. Holding sceptre in right hand and with orb in background right. With Latin inscription below.

    This mezzotint depicts Anne as Queen, the second of James II's daughters to succeed him and the second to secure protestant rule in Britain. This portrait was engraved by French printmaker Jacob de Gole, who emigrated to Holland as a Huguenot in around 1684.

    On the death of William in 1702, the crown passed to Mary's younger sister Anne (r.1702–14), who ruled alongside her consort George, Prince of Denmark (1653–1708) for twelve years. Despite seventeen pregnancies Anne left no heir, and following her death in 1714 the crown passed to George I, the first Hanoverian monarch of Great Britain.

    This mezzotint is by French printmaker Jacob Gole. While he was working in the Netherlands Gole practised the technique of mezzotint in which the printmaker roughens the entire surface so that the copperplate will print pitch black: then he burnishes areas which, on becoming smooth, will print grey or white. Through working up areas of light within the dark plate, the printmaker can create a rich, velvety image.

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  • Medium and techniques

    Mezzotint

    Measurements

    35.7 x 26.3 cm (sheet of paper)

    34.6 x 25.0 cm (platemark)

    30.0 x 24.8 cm (image)

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