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

Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length

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Attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp 1599-1641 London)
Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length
oil on paper, laid down on panel
20¾ x 16 7/8 in. (52.7 x 42.8 cm.)
Provenance
(Possibly) G. Arnot, London, 1926.

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This portrait appears to relate to a series of heads that Van Dyck created during his second Antwerp period (1627-1632). It is known in two other versions, both of which are on canvas (E. Larsen, The Paintings of Anthony van Dyck, Freren, 1988, II, pp. 34-5, nos. 57-8), which Larsen believed to be likenesses of Rubens. While this identification is unlikely, the fact that this is on paper suggests that it may have been a preparatory study.

The portrait is executed on paper which was mounted on panel at an early date: Dendrochronological analysis dates the panel to as early as 1662-1672 (certificate available upon request).

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