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Anthony Van Dyck - Guillaume de Vos

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Van Dyck - Ownhanded etching showing Guillaume de Vos


Sir Anthony Van Dyck

Willem de Vos. Painter in Antwerp in 1593, died after 1625

One of his rare own handed etched portraits from the Iconographia

Reference: MH 15 ( III / VII )
This is a third state, still not accomplished, with the clothing only partial finished.
It already has the text lines and the square image borderlines
Before the rework by Bolswert who published a finished state five 

This is from the famous Iconographia composed by Sir Anthony Van Dyck,

Icones Principum Virorum Doctorup Pictorum Chalcographorum Satuariorium nec non amatorum pictoria artis numero centum ab Antonio van Dijck pictoe ad vivum axpressae eiusque sumptibus aeri incisae.

The Iconography was a collection of portrait prints made after drawings and paintings by van Dyck. Only eighteen were etched by the artist himself (Mauquoy-Hendrickx 1-18). The majority, however, are engravings made by a variety of the most prominent printmakers of his time. This anthology of portraits of artists, soldiers, statesmen, administrators, and scholars, a conspectus of the most distinguished men and women of his time, went through many editions. The edition published by Martinus van den Enden during van Dyck's lifetime consisted of eighty portraits. Van Dyck prepared these prints by making oil sketches and drawings in black chalk, sometimes washed with brown ink.The Iconography of Anthony Van Dyck is considered as the highlight in portrait engraving and a monument in engraving art.

Van Dyck himself etched less then twenty of this portraits and in most cases only some major lines. Most portraits are made after grey painted sketches. Although this portraits have almost always the same attitude, head in three quarter profile, with gives them a stately or proud-elegant style. Never was more spontaneity and fresh originality achieved.  

Backed on another sheet. Some rubbing at the top right corner.
Otherwise a fine good inked impression.

Portraits from the Iconography etched by Van Dyck himself are rare.



Additional Information

SKU xxz12
Picture Size 24,50 x 15,70 cm
Specification Print
technic Etching
Artist Anthony Van Dyck
period 17th century
School Flemish
subject Portrait
rating ***

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