unbound volume; binding in 11/E/12 s. in plate on plinth r. "R. Nanteuil ad vivum Pingebat et Sculpebat 1660."; inscr. in oval frame "PETRVS PONCET REGI A SANCTIORIB'. CONSILis. ET LIBELLORVM SVPPLIC. IN REGIA MAGISTER"; inscr. within plate mark b.c. "67."; inscr. in brown ink on supporting sheet b. c. "73"; inscr. hand-written in brown ink on supporting sheet t. c. "No. 74. [underlined]" CRE NANTEUIL, Robert; (French; 1623-1678) DES 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. A member of the state council, Pierre Poncet was given letters of noblesse by Louis XIV.