This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut which depicts Mathieu Molé, prominent member of the French parliament during the 17th century. He was elected president of the parliament in 1641, and he butted heads with Cardinal Richelieu until Richelieu's death, after which time he was able to secure the release of his friend, the Jansenist Abbot of St. Cyran.
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 left corner.
Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
Dimensions: Approximately 4.5 x 4 inches; 11 x 10 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: skullcap, politician, historical