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'Hippolytus Feret' (Hippolyte Feret; 1610-1677), from volume "Portraits de Nanteuil Tome II" 1667

bound volume (54.5 x 39.5 x 7.5 cm) s. in plate on ledge b.l. "R. Nanteuil ad vivum" and b.r. "Pingebat et Sculpebat 1669."; inscr. in oval frame "HIPPOLYTVS FERET DOCTOR THEO. PASTOR Sti NICO. E . CARDINETO VICAR. GEN. ILLUSTRISS. ARCHE. PARIensis.-"; inscr. in brown ink on supporting sheet b. c. "98-"; inscr. hand-written in brown ink on supporting sheet t. c. "No. 100. [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.The portrait of Hippolyte Feret, priest and Vicar-General of the Archbishopric of Paris, is presented within a group of portraits of religious and an administrative official.