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Romeyn de Hooghe's stunning etchings of royal festivities at The Hague

HOOGHE, Romeyn de.
Voyage de sa Majesté Britannique en Hollande.


With engraved portrait of King William III by Pieter van Gunst after J. Brandon, 11 full-page plates (32.5 x 44 cm) and 4 half-page plates (32.5 x 21.5 cm., incl. the title) all finely etched by R. de Hooghe.

With engraved portrait of King William III by Pieter van Gunst after J. Brandon, 11 full-page plates (32.5 x 44 cm) and 4 half-page plates (32.5 x 21.5 cm., incl. the title) all finely etched by R. de Hooghe.

With engraved portrait of King William III by Pieter van Gunst after J. Brandon, 11 full-page plates (32.5 x 44 cm) and 4 half-page plates (32.5 x 21.5 cm., incl. the title) all finely etched by R. de Hooghe.

With engraved portrait of King William III by Pieter van Gunst after J. Brandon, 11 full-page plates (32.5 x 44 cm) and 4 half-page plates (32.5 x 21.5 cm., incl. the title) all finely etched by R. de Hooghe.

With engraved portrait of King William III by Pieter van Gunst after J. Brandon, 11 full-page plates (32.5 x 44 cm) and 4 half-page plates (32.5 x 21.5 cm., incl. the title) all finely etched by R. de Hooghe.



The Hague, Arnout Leers, 1692. Large folio (49.5 x 36 cm.). Later half vellum. With engraved portrait of King William III by Pieter van Gunst after J. Brandon, 11 full-page plates (32.5 x 44 cm) and 4 half-page plates (32.5 x 21.5 cm., incl. the title) all finely etched by R. de Hooghe.

A complete set of the magnificent plates from the first French edition of one of the finest Dutch royal entree books, produced to commemorate the 1691 visit of the Dutch Stadtholder and English King William III of Orange to The Hague. The work was first published in Dutch in 1691 as Komste van Zyne Majesteit Willem III, comprising a text-volume by Govert Bidloo and an atlas-volume. The King came to the Netherlands to attend a meeting of the allied forces at war with King Louis XIV of France. The city governors of The Hague made elaborate preparations, building four large triumphal arches covered with allegorical paintings and statues. The arch at the town market was accompanied by two obelisks, and painted walls that encircled the entire square.
Romeyn de Hooghe participated in the planning of the decorations and recorded the festivities at their height in the present brilliant series of etchings. They show the splendid entree at The Hague, associated ceremonies, the enormous triumphal arches, their paintings and sculpture, the nightly illumination of the town hall, fireworks, etc., with most of the plates measuring 32.5 x 44 cm. De Hooghe's etchings are accompanied by a portrait of King William, engraved by Pieter van Gunst after Johan Brandon. The only plate that differs in the French and Dutch editions is the etched title-page, the captions of the other etchings appearing in both Dutch and French, and that of the portrait in Latin.
Bidloo's book was published in folio format, with the etched title and the three smaller etchings as full-page plates and the portrait and eleven larger etchings as double-page plates. Here the larger etchings are bound unfolded and the other four pasted together creating two large folio leaves.

One plate with three thin creases (printing flaws); a small tear repaired in another, slightly affecting the caption. A good, complete set of plates, all with unidentified collector's initials in pen and ink in lower right corner (probably by an 18th-century collector).
Berlin Kat. 2953; Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) II, 652-667; Landwehr, De Hooghe Book Illustrator, 80; Landwehr, Splendid Ceremonies 147; Verkruijsse 1692.03; for the portrait of William III: Van Someren, Cat. Portretten 371.


Related Subjects: Prints - 17th Century  Prints - Dutch  Prints - Dutch Towns  Prints - House of Orange  Prints- Festivals, Ceremonies & Fireworks 

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