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Anthony van Dyck, Guilielmus Hondius (Guillaume Hondius), c. early 1700s

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Guilielmus Hondius (Guillaume Hondius), c. early 1700s
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 3/4 in x 6 3/4 in (24.8 cm x 17.1 cm)
Sheet:10 3/4 in x 7 5/8 in (27.3 cm x 19.4 cm)
Framed:approx. 23 in x 20 in (58.4 cm x 50.8 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI) engraved by Guillaume Hondius (La Hayes, 1597 - Dantzig (?) c. 1648) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1559 - London, 1641); printed on a fine paper with the Polish Shield with a Fleur de Lys and Crown watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 177), dating the piece to the early 1700s.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxit' in the lower center; also signed 'Guil. Hondius fculp.' in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition with wide margins.
ID #w-3714
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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. Guillaume Hondius' stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. This piece is intriguing because the subject and the engraver are one and the same, yet the image essentially is still Van Dyck's. Guillaumine Hondius engraves himself through the eyes of Van Dyck, depicted with kind eyes, a broad nose, and a pointy chin. Hondius stands with a calm demeanor, holding up his elaborately draped garment with his left hand and gazing straight out at us.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI), engraved Guillaume Hondius (La Haye, 1597 - Dantzig (?) c. 1658) 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 center of the plate "Ant. van Dyck pinxit. Also marked in the lower left of the plate 'Guil. Hondius fculp" and in the lower right of the plate "Cum privilegio." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: GVILIELMVS HONDIVS | CALOCOGRAPHVS HAGÆ COMITIS. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the Polish Shield with a Fleur de Lys and Crown watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 177), dating the piece to the early 1700s.

DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:

1) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne I. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Listed as catalogue no. 29 on pg. 126 - 127.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 29 on pg. 24.

3) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

PROVENANCE:
1. Unidentified collector's stamp on verso (not in Lugt).

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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