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Anthony van Dyck, Ernest de Mansfeld, c. 1654

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Ernest de Mansfeld, c. 1654
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in (24.1 cm x 17.1 cm)
Sheet:10 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in (26.7 cm x 19.7 cm)
Framed:23 in x 19 3/4 in (58.4 cm x 50.2 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State II (of II) engraved by Robertus van Voerst in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641); printed on a fine paper with the Foolscap with Seven Pointed Collar and Three Balls watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 126), dating the piece to c. 1654.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxcit' in the lower left; also signed 'Robertus van Voerst sculpsit' in the lower right.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition with wide margins.
ID #w-3674
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Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Ernest de Mansfeld's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Ernest de Mansfeld was a German military commander during the early years of the Thirty Years War. Donning his armor and an ornate, lace collar, de Mansfeld appears as a strong commander. Without a hint of a smile, he calmly gazes out, the definition of cool and collected. Van Dyck accurately captures the sense that de Mansfeld is a man who takes his job seriously, a man worthy of commanding an army in battle.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State II (of II), engraved by Robertus van Voerst in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641) as part of his Iconographie series of engraved portraits of famous people at the time. The plate has been marked in the lower left of the plate "Ant. van Dyck pinxcit" and in the lower right of the plate "Robertus van Voerst sculpsit." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: ERNESTO PRINCIPI ET COMITI MANSFELDI?, MARCHIONI | CASTELLI-NOVI ET BVTIGLIRI?, BARONI AB HELDRVNGEN | GENERALI ETC. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the Foolscap with Seven Pointed Collar and Three Balls watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 126), dating the piece to c. 1654.

DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:

1) Lugt. Marques de Collections (Dessins-Estampes) Supplement. San Francisco : Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1988. Listed and illustrated as catalogue no. 2351c on pg. 345.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne I. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Listed as catalogue no. 187 on pg. 213.

3) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 187 on pg. 118.

3) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

PROVENANCE:
1. Private collection of E. Seligman with his collector's stamp on verso (Lugt catalogue no. 2351c).

About the Framing:
Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, this piece is framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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