Rachel, Countess of Southampton

Title

Rachel, Countess of Southampton

Creator

James McArdell
British, c. 1729–1765
After Anthony van Dyck
Flemish, active in England, 1599–1641

Date

1758

Description

McArdell’s subject here is Rachel de Ruvigny (1603–1640), who was the first wife of Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton. He engraved the mezzotint after a painting from around 1640 by Anthony van Dyck, the second of two nearly identical portraits, which depicts the countess as the Roman goddess Fortuna. The sphere upon which her left arm rests indicates the random nature of fate: it can roll in any direction.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Milton J. Goodfriend

Identifier

2004.15

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Format

Mezzotint, second state of four; plate: 18-3/8 x 13-7/8 in. (46.6 x 35.3 cm), sheet: 21 x 16-3/4 in. (53 x 42.6 cm)