1875 Woodcut Louise Savoy Marguerite Valois Regent Queen France Costume XEA6


This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of Louise of Savoy (1476-1531) and her daughter, Marguerite de Valois (1492-1549).

Louise acted as Regent of France after the death of Charles VIII, for their son François I. She was the principal negotiator in the Treaty of Cambrai between France and Holy Roman Empire, which ended the Valois-Hasburg War, and she took pride in being as involved in her children's education as she was with politics, personally teaching François Italian and Spanish along with his native French. Marguerite de Valois was the consort of Henry II of Navarre, and sister to François I. She was a noted author and humanist, described by Samuel Putnam as the "First Modern Woman."


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 partial blind emboss mark in the upper right corner.

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6 x 8 inches; 15 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.

Keywords specific to this image: 15th century, 16th century