Please note the following changes to the cataloguing for Lot 293:
Cardinal Jules Mazarin, Chief Minister of France, Paris, by 1661 (inv. no. 1239), from whose heirs probably bought by
Philippe II, Duc D'Orléans, Palais Royal, Paris (sold with the rest of the Orléans Collection by James Christie to a consortium of buyers, London, 1792-1800).
Earl of Carlisle, Castle Howard, Yorkshire.
with M. Knoedler & Co., London, 1909.
with V. G. Fischer Art Co., Washington, D. C., 1910.
Senator William A. Clark, New York, by whom bequeathed to
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1926.
Simon Charles Miger, c. 1780.
L.F. Dubois de Saint-Gelais, Description des tableaux du Palais royal: avec la vie des peintres à la tête de leurs ouvrages: dédiée a monseigneur le Duc d'Orléans, premier prince du Sang, Paris, 1727, p. 71.
J. Couché & l'Abbé de Fontenai, Galerie du Palais Royal II, Paris, 1786-1808, Ecole Flamande, IVe Tableau d'Antoine Van Dyck, Le Duc d'Yorck.
J. Smith, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish and French Painters, London, 1831, III, p. 94 no. 323. G. F. Waagen, Treasures of art in Great Britain, London, 1854, II, p. 500.
Selections from the Old Masters, London, 1886, no. 10
C. Stryienski, La Galérie du Regent: Philippe, Duc d'Orléans, Paris, 1913, p. 120.
W. R. Valentiner, The Art of the Low Countries, New York, 1914, p. 241, nos. 47, 48.
G. Glück, Van Dyck: Des Meisters Gemälde in 571 Abbildungen, Stuttgart, 1931, pp. 442, 569.
A. M. Frankfurter, "Van Dyck's English Portraits in American Collections," The Antiquarian, October 1931, p. 22.
L. van Puyvelde, "Van Dyck's Style During his English Period," Phoebus I, 1946, pp. 146-147,
M. R. Toynbee, "Diskussion," Phoebus II, 1948, p. 48, with reply by Van Puyvelde.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, A Handbook of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in the W. A. Clark Collection, Washington, 1955, pp. 17, 18, no. 26.83. E. Larsen, The Paintings of Anthony van Dyck, Freren, 1988, II, p. 498, no. A256.
S. Barnes et al., Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, New Haven and London, 2004, p. 487, under no. IV.71.
P. Michel, Mazarin, Prince des Collectionneurs, Paris, 1999, pp. 215, 216, 592, 593, no. 1239.
Prince Charles Louis, Elector Palatine, and his brother Prince Rupert were the two eldest sons of the exiled Elector Palatine, Frederick V, and his wife Elizabeth, sister of Charles I. In 1637 the brothers arrived at the court of the English King for an extended stay, during which time they sat for a double portrait painted by Van Dyck (Paris, Musée du Louvre). Before they left their uncle's court in June 1637, the brothers were painted again by Van Dyck, this time in separate, full-length canvases, presumed to have been made for the Earl of Warwick or his younger brother, the Earl of Holland, who supported Charles Louis in his quest to recover the Palatinate. The prime version of the full-length portrait of Charles Louis is now in a private collection in New York, and shows the Prince in military dress with a landscape background in the upper left quadrant.
The present work, whose vertical seams indicate it was once rectangular, is a version of this latter image of Charles Louis. Still in its larger format when it was recorded by Dubois de Saint-Gelais in 1727, the painting's shape and surface have since been altered, but it is still possible to discern the outline of a composition that may once have looked much more like that of the prime work, and may even have included a landscape in the background. Recorded in the 1661 inventory of the great Mazarin collection, Lot 293 subsequently entered the prestigious Orléans collection, which was dismantled in 1792 in a series of sales in London, brokered by James Christie. A large group of the Orléans paintings were bought by a consortium of buyers, among whom was the Earl of Carlisle at Castle Howard, who owned the present picture in the nineteenth century.
Property from the CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART sold to benefit the acquisition fund