This is an original 1875 black and white steel engraving of Diane de Poitiers, favored mistress of King Henry II of France. She was an educated woman and a gifted conversationalist, who was Henry's lifelong companion despite his marriage to her relative, Catherine de' Medici. Not only did she make sure Henry produce an heir with his wife, she also wrote his letters, gave him advice, and took care of his children for years. However, after he became mortally wounded in a jousting accident, Catherine forbade Diane from seeing him, and banished her immediately following her husband's death. Diane died at sixty-six, and when her remains were examined in 2009, large traces of gold were found in her hair, suggesting that the flecks of gold she would drink to stay young was ultimately what killed her.
This 136+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is a blind emboss mark in the upper left corner, which is slightly visible in the digital image.
Product Type: Original Steel Engraving; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 x 6.5 inches; 14 x 17 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
This image was selected from a collection of woodcuts and steel engravings prolifically depicting scenes from French history, ranging from ancient Gaul to Charlemagne and his wars, to Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette. Historically important for French archivists, these images are extremely rare to locate and are virtually unseen individually. Period Paper is pleased to present these beautifully preserved images, which would make an ideal addition to any French lover's collection. To view more images from this portfolio, please click on the link offered below the condition paragraph.
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