unbound volume s. in oval frame "R.Nanteuil Cum Privilegio Sculpebat et Excudebat."; inscr. in plate mark hand-written "26."; inscr. in ink on supporting sheet b. c. "28. / Henry de Lorraine, Marquis de Mouy; / fils d'Henry de Lorraine Comte de Chaligny."; inscr. hand-written in ink on supporting sheet t. c. "No. 28. [underlined]" CRE NANTEUIL, Robert; (French; 1623-1678) PUB NANTEUIL, Robert; (French; 1623-1678) Part of William Hunter's original bequest, this is one of two volumes containing 216 engraved portraits by or after Robert Nanteuil. Head of the great school of 17th century French portrait engraving, his skill and reputation were unequalled. His sitters were distinguished figures of Louis XIV's court, mainly royalty, statesmen, military and church leaders.
Celebrated for its faithfulness to Nature and the simplicity of his designs , Nanteuil's work appealed equally to art lovers and to those fascinated by the achievements of 17th century France. Hunter's volumes are a rare surviving example of a comprehensive early 18th century collection of Nanteuil's work. Henri II de Lorraine was the grandson of Philippe Duke of Mercoeur. He briefly governed Lorraine in 1633 while his grandfather was away.