DE HOOGHE, Romeyn (1645 - 1708). La Feste de Trois Rois, aux Invalides. [?Haarlem: 1689].
Broadsheet (21 6/8 x 15 4/8 inches), illustrated with a fine engraved plate (15 x 16 inches) above the headline "The Feast of the Three Kings at Hotel Les Invalides" and three columns of text, 4-line woodcut initial (a little spotted, early repair on verso).
A broadside satirising James II, Prince James, and Louis XIV by likening them to the Three Kings of an Epiphany play; "with an etching by Hooghe showing a square outside the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris, on the left Mary of Modena embracing Louis XIV, who is wearing a suit of armour and a paper crown, and resting one foot on an upside-down globe, on the left behind Mary ladies-in-waiting carrying the young Prince James, wearing a paper crown, in the R foreground James II wearing a paper crown, pilgrims' shells and a lantern and being led by a Jesuit towards Louis XIV, in the background three sledges arriving, the first sledge out of control with horses breaking free and the driver falling off" (British Library online).
Provenance: From the Krown & Spellman Collection, their sale, Heritage, 4th November, 2015 lot 45243
The first political iconographer of the Netherlands and its first great caricaturist...Romeyn de Hooghe was the most significant and prolific Netherlandish engraver in the second half of the seventeenth century (The Getty Institute)
Romeyn de Hooghe was born in Amsterdam in 1645 "and worked there until c.1680-1682, when he moved to Haarlem, where he died in 1708. For several Netherlandish provinces, he created interior architectural paintings and other works. In 1662 De Hooghe was invited by Adam Frans van der Meulen (1632-1690) to Paris, where he etched the baptism of the Dauphin in 1668. There he met King Jan III Sobieski of Poland and was knighted by him in 1675.
"De Hooghe painted, engraved, sculpted, designed medals, enameled, taught drawing school, and bought and sold art as a dealer. During the 1690s he made sculptures for the palace of Het Loo (1689-1692), designed and etched triumphal arches and medals for William III's entry into the Hague (1691), and designed the Haarlem market festival decorations for the peace celebration after the capture of Naumur (1695). His political, legal, and economic interests are evident in his writings: Schouburgh der Nederlandsche Veranderingen (1674), Æsopus in Europa (1701), Spiegel van Staat des Vereenigde Nederlanden (1706), and Hieroglyphica of Merkbeelden der oude Volkeren (1735), all of which he also illustrated. He was well-educated and may have attended law classes at a university in Harderwijk or Leiden.
"De Hooghe's earliest print, after Nicolas Berchem, was made around 1662. He created about 3500 images, most after his own designs, some after other artists, for himself and other authors, publishers, and printers. His plates were often retouched and adapted for later events, sometimes by De Hooghe, sometimes by others. He etched allegories and mythological scenes, portraits, caricatures, political satires, historical subjects, landscapes, topographical views (especially of Netherlandish cities), battle scenes, genre scenes, title pages, and book illustrations. From 1667-1691 he illustrated various newspapers: Hollandsche Mercurius, Princelycke almanach, Orangien Wonderspiegel.
"The first political iconographer of the Netherlands and its first great caricaturist, De Hooghe was closely associated with William of Orange. He repeatedly caricatured James II and Louis XIV, sometimes using pseudonyms on his most audacious images. He was an expressive master of physiognomy; and his original, lively style displayed the baroque fashion for spectacular and allegorical fantasy. Romeyn de Hooghe was the most significant and prolific Netherlandish engraver in the second half of the seventeenth century" (Anne-Marie Schaaf, The Getty Research Institute, Research Library). BM Satires 1212; Hollstein 159; Muller 1863-1882 2761a.