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Identification and Creation

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

platemark: 24.4 x 15.6 cm (9 5/8 x 6 1/8 in.)
frame: 57.8 x 47 x 2.5 cm (22 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 1 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower margin in graphite pencil: Franciscus Snyders
  • watermark: Illegible, showing part of the letters "IB" or "ID" (the paper is apparently identical to the one used for the portrait of Jan Brueghel the Elder (M.-H. 1))
  • collector's mark: recto, left, bottom of plate: P HL [H and L share line] [Prosper Henry Lankrink, Lugt 2029]


Recorded Ownership History
Prosper Henry Lankrink (Lugt 2090). Cledenin J. Ryan, Short Hills, New Jersey, sold; [through Parke Bernet, New York, January 19-20, 1940, lot 121]. Mr. and Mrs. W. Clifford Klenck, Long Island, New York. [Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, February 16, 1979, lot 618]. [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. 11; Amsterdam/Antwerp 15

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. 12, repr.
  • Stijn Alsteens, Adam Eaker, and Yale University Press (U.S.), Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture, exh. cat., The Frick Collection (New Haven, 2016), pp. 172-173, cat. no. 57, repr. p. 172

Exhibition History

  • Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture, The Frick Collection, New York, 03/02/2016 - 06/05/2016

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