Anthony van Dyck

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Anthony van Dyck
Portrait of Jacques Dubroeucq
ca. 1627-1635
Brush and different shades of brown ink over black chalk, incised for transfer.
8 11/16 x 6 9/16 inches (221 x 168 mm)
Thaw Collection.

Watermark: none visible through lining.
One of van Dyck's most ambitious projects was his Iconographie, a series of portrait prints of famous artists published between 1636 and 1641. This is his design for the portrait of the Flemish sculptor and architect Jacques Dubroeucq, which was incised for transfer and engraved, in reverse, by Paulus Pontius. With his impressive command of the black chalk and rich, fluid brown washes, van Dyck created a convincing portrait that seems drawn from life. Yet Dubroeucq died in 1584, well before van Dyck was born, so the artist must have relied on an earlier prototype. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"


Inscribed at lower right in brush and brown ink, "VANDYK F:."

Sale, London, Christie's, 1 December 1970, lot 54; William H. Schab Gallery, New York, 1972; private collection, Switzerland; William H. Schab Gallery, New York, 1986; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
Associated names: 

Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.


Tuinen, Ilona van. Power and Grace : Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens. New York : Morgan Library & Museum, 2018, page 23, fig. 13 (repr.)
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 110, repr.
Denison, Cara D. et al. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 17.

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