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.
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One of van Dyck’s most ambitious projects was his

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.

Watermark: none visible through lining.
This drawing is preparatory for an engraving by Paulus Pontius for van Dyck's Iconography, a collection of portraits after drawings by the artist, first published between 1636 and 1641. Jacques Dubroeucq (1500/10-1584) was a sculptor and architect from Mons (in present-day Belgium). The downward-pointing compass he holds is the attribute of a practicing architect; a raised compass refers to the theoretical aspects of architecture. This sheet is preparatory for the engraving by Paulus Pontius included in what is known as van Dyck's "Iconography," a book of portraits of individuals of note that was published between 1639 and 1641. The tonal modulation of washes is typical of this type of finished drawing intended for engraving.

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