Anthony van Dyck, Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland, c. 1675

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Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title: Richard Weston, 1st Earl of Portland, c. 1675
Medium: Original Engraving
Image Size: 9 1/2 in x 7 5/8 in (24. 1 cm x 19.4 cm)
Sheet Size: 11 in x 8 3/4 in (28 cm x 22.2 cm)
Framed Size: approx. 23 in x 20 in (58.4 cm x 50.8 cm)
Edition: A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State I (of III) engraved by Jan Meyssens (1612 - 1670) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641); printed on a fine paper with the Arms of Amsterdam watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 211), dating this piece to c. 1675.
Signature: Signed in the plate 'Antonius van Dyck pinxit' in the lower left; also signed 'Ioannes Meysfens excudit' in the lower right.
Condition: This work is in very good condition with wide margins; slight foxing and tape remnants along upper border.
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ID # w-3722

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Weston's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Weston was Chancellor of the Exchequer and later Lord Treasurer of England under James I (1566-1625) and Charles I (1600-1649). He was one of the most influential figures in the early reign of Charles I's personal rule and envisioned and carried out many of the policies that allowed him to rule without raising taxes through Parliament. On February 17, 1633, Weston became the Earl of Portland. Van Dyck depicts Weston with a wide collar, pointed beard, and medallion around his neck. He stands nobly, an imposing figure bedecked in heavy, flowing garbs.
This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State I (of III) engraved by Jan Meyssens (1612 - 1670) 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 "Antonius van Dyck pinxit" in the lower left and "W. Hollar fecit aqua forte, 1645" in the lower center. Also marked "Ioannes Meyssens excudit" in the lower right. Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: PERILLUSTRIS DOMINVS HIERONYMVS WESTONIVS, COMES PORTLANDIÆ | HEYLANDIÆ, etc. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the Arms of Amsterdam watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 211), dating this piece to c. 1675.

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. 134 on pg. 180 - 181.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 134 on pg. 82.

3) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

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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