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1722 Copper Engraving Portrait Guilhelmus Guilielmus Verdugo Holy Roman EUM5

1722 Copper Engraving Portrait Guilhelmus Guilielmus Verdugo Holy Roman EUM5

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This is an original 1722 black and white copper engraving of "Guilhelmus Verdugo," also known as Guilielmus Verdugo, a member of the Council of War in the Holy Roman Empire and an Imperial military commander. In his right hand is a military baton, indicating his high military rank. The portrait is surrounded by a wonderful decorative motif mimicking a frame against a wonderfully etched background. It features two lions flanking a cherub at the top of the print and a cascading grape vine design framing the remainder of the portrait, uniting at the bottom of the print at an ornate, broach-like oval frame by two additional cherubs.


This 289+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. No creases. No natural defects.Light scuff - center right. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is a plate impression bordering the image in this print.

  • Product Type: Original Copper Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 8 x 13.5 inches; 20 x 34 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)

Period Paper is pleased to offer an extremely rare and impressive early eighteenth century collection of biographies and portrait engravings and etchings, produced in Leipzig, Germany in 1721 and 1722. Included are notable monarchs, rulers, religious figures, and members of notable Houses throughout Europe, including several genealogical charts of dynastic lines, spanning the sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries. The collection is comprised of exquisitely engraved and etched copper portrait plates framed by varying decorative motifs, all engraved by Johann Friedrich Rosbach. Many of the portraits include separate biographical pieces ranging in length from a single paragraph to several pages for more notable European monarchs and emperors. If present, the accompanying text is in German and is composed of beautiful woodcut text, with most pages containing elegantly etched drop cap initials, head-and tail-pieces and vignettes. The superb, folio-sized stock upon which the collection is engraved and etched employed the latest advances in eighteenth century paper making and highlights the era's predilection for strong, lightly sized paper with a fine structure and smooth surface. The paper's characteristics are thus similar to Japanese Gampi, and the result is well-preserved and crisp images that exceptionally capture Rosbach's fluid and sharp line work. This collection represents a unique opportunity to collect a valuable part of European history stunningly composed and illustrated.

Keywords specific to this image: Art, Armor, Sallet, Neck Ruff, Livery Collar, Habsburg Empire, Habsburg Dynasty, Habsburg Monarchy, Austrian Monarchy, Thirty Years' War, Catholic Counter-Reformation