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Circle of Antonis Mor van Dashorst (Utrecht 1516/20-1576? Antwerp)

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Circle of Antonis Mor van Dashorst (Utrecht 1516/20-1576? Antwerp)

Portrait of Don Fernandez Alvárez de Toledo, 3rd Duque de Alba (1507-1582), three-quarter-length, in armour, with the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, a baton in his right hand

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Circle of Antonis Mor van Dashorst (Utrecht 1516/20-1576? Antwerp) Portrait of Don Fernandez Alvárez de Toledo, 3rd Duque de Alba (1507-1582), three-quarter-length, in armour, with the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, a baton in his right hand oil on canvas 37½ x 29 in. (95.2 x 73.6 cm.) in a mid-18th Century carved and gilded frame
Provenance
Anon. Sale, Christie's, London, 9 February 1973, lot 111, as Circle of El Greco, after Mor (500 gns. to the present owner).
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Lot Essay

The original of this compositional type is the painting by Mor, signed and dated 1549, in the Hispanic Society of America, New York (see M.J. Friedländer, Early Netherlandish Painting, XIII, Leiden, 1975, pp. 64 and 101, no. 343, pl. 170); there is a version of that portrait by an unknown hand in the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels (see ibid., no. 343a, pl. 170) to which the present painting corresponds almost exactly, including in alterations to the design of the armour. It seems quite possible that the two versions are by the same hand - certainly the treatment of the sitter's features is extremely close in both. Given the slightly older appearance of the Duke in this and the Brussels picture, it was suggested by Henri Hymans (Antonio Moro, son oeuvre et son temps, Brussels, 1910) that the type dates from circa 1567, slightly later than Mor's portrait, although that has inevitably remained a hypothesis.

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