1875 Woodcut Eugene Ronjat Anne Austria Cardinal Mazarin 17th Century XEA6


This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of an illustration by Etienne-Antoine-Eugene Ronjat which depicts Queen Anne of Austria, acting regent for her son, Louis XIV, and her trusted chief minister, Cardinal Mazarin. Between the two of them, the awful uprising of the aristocracy, known as the Second Fronde, was thwarted and power restored to the monarchy. It is unsurprising that many believed these two to be lovers, as they maintained an extremely close professional relationship, even after Anne's regency ended with Louis XIV's coming of age.


This 136+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is a blind emboss mark in the upper right corner.

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 x 8 inches; 14 x 20 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.

This piece was illustrated by Ronjat, Etienne Antoine Joseph Eugene. There is no visible artist signature.

Keywords specific to this image: fashion, royalty, Catholic

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