Charles I and Henrietta Maria Holding a Laurel Wreath

engraving of man and women dressed in lavish clothing, she hands him laurel wreath, with crowns to the side

Robert van Voerst (1597–1635/36) after Anthony van Dyck
Charles I and Henrietta Maria Holding a Laurel Wreath, 1634
Engraving (second state)
16 3/4 × 22 1/2 in. (42.2 × 57.1 cm)
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Royal Collection, Windsor

The first collaboration between Robert van Voerst, a Dutch engraver established in England in 1627, and Van Dyck, this print was published in 1634, shortly after the painter’s arrival in London. The engraving after the double-portrait of Charles I and Henrietta Maria from 1632 is the largest and most ambitious print published during the painter’s lifetime and illustrates the printmaker’s admirably limpid technique. Van Voerst produced just four more engravings after Van Dyck, all for the Iconographie, before he succumbed to the plague.

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