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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Anthony van Dyck, Flemish (Antwerp, Belgium 1599 - 1641 London)
Adam van Noort
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Iconography
Work Type
c. 1626-1633
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Physical Descriptions

Etching and engraving
platemark: 24.8 x 15.8 cm (9 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.)
framed: 57.79 x 46.99 x 2.54 cm (22 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 1 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092)
  • inscription: lower margin in pen and brown ink and red chalk: Adam van Oort S
  • watermark: Fleur-de-lys in a crowned shield (M-H 158-159; ca. 1635-45)


Recorded Ownership History
Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092). Cledenin J. Ryan, Short Hills, New Jersey, sold; [through his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, January 19-20, 1940, lot 118]. Mr. and Mrs. W. Clifford Klenck, Long Island, New York. [Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, February 16, 1979, lot 615]. [Sotheby's, New York, November 20, 1986, lot 18]. [R. M. Light & Co., Boston], sold; to Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Klein, New York, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2008.

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

Standard Reference Number
M.-H. 8; Amsterdam/Antwerp 11

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Walter C. Klein, Class of 1939
Accession Year
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European and American Art

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The Iconography is a collection of portrait prints made after drawings and paintings by van Dyck. Eighteen were etched by the artist himself, although the majority are engravings made by a variety of printmakers. This compilation of portraits of princes, politicians, soldiers, statesmen, scholars, art connoisseurs and most importantly artists, a survey of the most distinguished men and women of his time, went through many editions. The edition published by Martinus van den Enden during van Dyck's lifetime consisted of eighty portraits. Van Dyck prepared these prints by making oil sketches and drawings in black chalk, sometimes washed with brown ink.

Many of these eighteen etched portraits by van Dyck are rare first state impressions, including the artist's Self-Portrait. The majority of the other eighteen are depictions of artists as well, including Jan and Pieter Brueghel, Lucas Vorsterman and Paulus Pontius-important reproductive engravers of Rubens's work, and Cornelis Anthoniszoon.

Publication History

  • M. Knoedler & Co., The Complete Etched Portrait Work of Anthony Van Dyck from the Collections of Sir Peter Lely and Prosper Henry Lankrink (New York, 1934), cat. no. 9, repr.
  • Michael Cole, ed., The Early Modern Painter-Etcher, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, PA, 2006), cat. 28, pp. 120-121 [not Harvard impression, related bibliography]

Exhibition History

  • Lifeworld: Portrait and Landscape in Netherlandish Prints, 1550-1650, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/30/1999 - 01/23/2000

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