Vortigern & Rowena - Anglo-Saxon King & Queen - After William Hamilton - c1835

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  • Sold Date: Mar 08, 2015
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An Antique

Stipple Engraving


"Vortigern & Rowena"

Engraved by W. T. Davey from the original work of William Hamilton, R.A.

Produced by J. & S. Tallis, London, Edinburgh & Dublin.


This item comprises the portrait as described above in good condition for its age .

The main image is set within a decorative armorial border (as shown)

It is a genuine antique being over 150 years old - NOT a modern reproduction.

NB: This item is being offered, suitably mounted, ready for framing


Overall Size:- 8 " x 10" including the mount.

Image Size:- 6" x 8" approx (Including the decorative border)

About the Subject...

'Rowena was the daughter of the Anglo-Saxon chief Hengist and a wife of Vortigern, King of the Britons, in British legend.

Presented as a beautiful femme fatale, she won her people the Kingdom of Kent through her treacherous seduction of Vortigern. Contemporary sources do not mention Rowena, which leads modern historians to regard her as fictitious.

The name Rowena does not appear in Old English sources such as Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum or the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. It was first recorded by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th-century Historia regum
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