Van Dyck Excellent Original 17th Century Engraving of Artist Van Baelen by Paulus DuPont c. 1635 Unframed


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This excellent 17th century portrait of well known Flemish artist Henricus van Baelen was drawn by Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) and engraved by Paulus DuPont (1603-1658), one of the finest of the 17th century Flemish engravers.

Van Dyck commissioned DuPont to engrave 30 works for his popular collection of portraits known as the Iconographie. Van Dyck was a master draftsman, and DuPont was a master engraver. Together they produced exceptional portraits like this one which is one of the best of the series.

For the portraits Van Dyck made drawings of politicians, soldiers, artists, statesmen, and scholars. The sketches were then turned over to the engravers who made the final prints.

In this portrait the artist is shown in a half length frontal view turned to the left but looking back to the right. His right hand is folded aginst his vest and his left hand rests on the head of an artist’s model. He is wearing a ruff and a buttoned doublet and has a moustache and goatee.

Original Copper Plate engraving on natural handmade paper. Signed in the plate with the names of the artist and engraver. Limited Edition, State VI (of VI), after the name of Martin van den Enden and the initials "G.H." were erased.

This engraving was probably made by DuPoint around 1635. This example according to the collector’s notes at the bottom was printed in 1675.

Mauquoy-Hendrickx 66.V
The British Museum and Albright-Knox Art Gallery have this print in their collections and show it on their websites.

Sheet size - 10-1/2 x 14 inches
Image size - 6 x 8-1/2 inches
Mat size - 13 x 18 inches

Excellent Condition with full margins and only some light staining in the margins. The image is in Excellent Condition.

A strong impression printed in black ink on natural handmade laid paper with a watermark.

Hinged in an ivory collector’s mat. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve.

Paulus DuPont, an eminent Flemish engraver, was born at Antwerp in 1603, and was instructed in the art of engraving by Lucas Vorsterman; but he improved his designs by the advice and friendship of Rubens, from whose works he engraved many admirable plates. Few artists have equaled him in the correct and faithful delineation of his model; and in the character and expression of his figures he appears to have possessed himself of the mind of Rubens.

He was not less successful in the fine portraits he engraved after Van Dyck, in which he seems to have adapted his style to the particular character of the person represented. His plates are executed with the graver in a clear, bold style; and, though he did not possess the facility of Bolswert, or the delicacy of Vorsterman, his plates will ever be esteemed among the ablest productions of Flemish art.

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