Follower of Sir Anthony van Dyck
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Follower of Sir Anthony van Dyck

Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length

Follower of Sir Anthony van Dyck
Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length
oil on canvas, with paper extensions along the edges (2 in. approx.)
25 x 19½ in (63.5 x 49.5 cm.)
inscribed 'Vandyke. ipse pinx.t./Collection de Tallard (on the reverse)
(Possibly) Camille d'Hostun, Duc de Tallard (1652-1728).
(Reputedly) John Stratford, 1st Earl of Aldborough (1698-1777).
T. Best, England.
with Frank T. Sabin, London, by 1931.
with J.L. Galleries.
Sydney M. Shoenberg, Sr., St. Louis, by 1933, by whom gifted to the
Saint Louis Art Museum, 1952.
G. Glück, Van Dyck, des Meisters Gemälde, Stuttgart, 1931, pp. 286, 550, no. 286-left.
H. Vey, Die Zeichnungen Anton van Dycks, Brussels, 1962, under no. 197, as 'a copy'.
E. Larsen, The Paintings of Anthony van Dyck, Freren, 1988, II, p. 300, no. 756, as 'a good portrait sketch dating from the years of Van Dyck's first sojourn on the Continent, c. 1634-1635'.
H. Vey, Van Dyck. A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, New Haven, 2004, p. 416, no. IIIA33, as 'may be a copy'.

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Lot Essay

The attribution to Van Dyck and the identity of the sitter in this portrait have been debated. Most recently, Horst Vey has suggested that the head relates to a figure (second from the left) in the group portrait of magistrates, once installed in the town hall Brussels and now lost. While an oil sketch of that composition exists (op. cit., no. III169), no other preliminary works can be traced.

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