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Portraits of Henri III and Henri IV, both seen bust-length in an oval; to the left is Henri III, turned to the right, wearing hat adorned with jewelled feather brooch, pear-shaped earring, buttoned doublet, riband; to the right is Henri IV, turned to the left, wearing ruff, slashed doublet, jewelled baldric; underneath the portraits are two figurative scenes; the one on the left shows the assassination of Henri III by Jacques Clément; the other, Henri III on his deathbed placing the crown of France upon Henri of Navarre's head in the presence of Jean Louis de Nogaret de la Valette, Duke of Epernon
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Height: 260 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 197 millimetres
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- The portrait of Henri III derives from a portrait of which several versions are known; the original design has been attributed to François Quesnel (Louvre inv. RF 3964), Etienne Dumonstier (see copy after in Versailles, MV 3250 ) and Jean Decourt (see copies after in Chantilly PE 271 and PE 273)..
The portrait of Henri IV derives from a painting by François Bunel; this type of portrait was well-known in the late 16th century as it had been engraved c.1587 by Theodoor de Bry (see 1848,0911.571) and copied by Mathias Quad (1848,0911.572), Harman Jansz. Muller (published by, see 1848,0911.570), Hieronymus Wierix (though the attribution is rejected by New Hollstein, see 1848,0911.573), and Jacques Granthomme.
The plate was later altered (Hennin 912), with the portrait of Henri IV replaced by another reproducing a type popularised by Goltzius (for print by Goltzius see R,6.71).
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- Associated Event: Assassination of Henri III 1589
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