Aquatint etching of Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England after an illustration by Belgian-born British artist Liutenant-Colonel Charles Hamilton Smith (1776-1859). Philippa of Hainault (1314- 1369) was the Queen Consort of King Edward III. She was born in the low countries (in what would be Belgium today) in a region formerly ruled by Moorish tribes, and is referred to as the Black Queen due to her brown skin. Inscription on the page reads as follows:
Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England CHS delt. Etched by L. A. Atkinson Aquatinted by Havell 1369 London: Pub. Feb. 1 1812 by Colnaghi & Co. 23 Cockspur Street
Although her marriage was arranged by King Edward II because of the convenience of being allied with Flanders, it appears to have been a happy one. She accompanied her husband King Edward III on campaigns to Scotland and Europe, during the start of the Hundred Year War, and was described by her contemporaries as gentle, polite and compassionate. She was also an able administrator who acted as regent during the King's absences from court. She gave birth to fourteen children, nine of which died before she did at the age of fifty-five. The Philippa of Hainault coat of arms as Queen Consort is displayed below the image with the date of her death, 1369, underneath. It comes ready to display nicely matted and framed. In very good used condition with frame scratches and imperfections as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number. Possible to ship unframed to minimize shipping cost.
Measurements: Sheet: 14 1/2" by 10 1/8"; Mat Opening: 14" by 10 1/2" approximately.