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    Sale 7575

    Old Master and British Pictures

    25 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 69

    Attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599-1641 London)

    Study of a bearded man, in profile - a modello

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599-1641 London)
    Study of a bearded man, in profile - a modello
    oil on panel
    16 x 12½ in. (40.6 x 31.6 cm.)


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    This hitherto unpublished study relates to the heads of central characters in two of van Dyck's major altarpieces from around 1630-1: the figure supporting Christ in the Raising of the Cross, commissioned by Canon Roger de Braye for the North transept of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, Coutrai, where it still hangs (see fig. 1); and the kneeling unbeliever in Saint Anthony of Padua's Miracle of the Host, painted for the side altar of the Eglise des Récollets, Lille (now Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille; see fig. 2). Their close affinity suggest that the artist used the same head study for both protagonists. As Horst Vey has commented, 'The unbeliever's head is so like that of the bearded executioner in the Raising of the Cross that the same study clearly served for both' (S.J. Barnes, N. de Poorter, O. Millar and H. Vey, Van Dyck - A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, p. 276, under no. III.39).

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    Provenance

    with W.E. Duits, London, 1935, as Sir Anthony van Dyck.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that we are grateful to Professor Dr. Horst Vey for endorsing the attribution to Sir Anthony van Dyck in full, on the basis of photographs.


    Pre-Lot Text

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