Allegory of Frederick Henry as the protector of Religion and Freedom. Frederick Henry (Dutch: Frederik Hendrik; 1584-1647) was the sovereign prince of Orange and stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Guelders, Overijssel in the Dutch Republic from 1625 until his death in 1647. In the final seven years of his life, additionally he was the stadtholder of Groningen (1640-1647). Above the oval portrait are two angels playing shofars and holding a wreath with the coat of arms of the seven United Provinces. Libertas and Religio are standing at the sides, in front ot the prince personifications of Negotiatio (Negotiation), Politia (Politic), Prudentia (Prudence) and Victoria (Victory).
Engraving on hand laid paper, sheet size 484 x 754 mm., platemark 450 x 727 mm., engraved by Simon van de Passe (1564-1637) after Adriaen van Nieulandt (I) (1568-1658), dated 1628.
In good condition, but with two horizontal folds over the width of the sheet (one folding up the caption area (probably for storage). An old restoration to a tear in the top edge (extending minimally into the image area). Some soiling in the margins.
A very large and interesting print featuring numerous personifications and allegorical figures.
References: Muller Hist. i.208: 1599; Hollstein Dutch 152: 7; Atlas van Stolk 1670.