PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE EARLS OF WARWICK
This portrait may very well therefore be the 'lost' pendant to the portrait of Anna Maria de Camudio (d. 1663), the sitter's wife (fig. 1). They are of the same dimensions (she measures 112 x 92.5 cm), and if this is the case then the provenance for her, up to 1814 (they were first sold as a pair on Anna Maria's death in Brussels in 1663, but subsequently bought back by the sitters' son, François de Boisschot), would apply to the present portrait too (see Barnes et al, 2004, no. III.75), the 2nd Earl of Warwick acquiring it at the disposal of the Remoortere-Taxis family collection in 1814.
The sitter is identified from the engraving by Adriaen Lommelin (New Hollstein, V, 380). Ferdinand de Boisschot, Count of Erps, from 1621 Baron of Zaventem, and knight of the Order of Santiago (hence the red cross on his tunic) was Albert and Isabella's envoy in London and Paris between 1611 and 1623, a privy councillor and chancellor of the council of Brabant from 1626. De Boisschot met the Basque Anna Maria de Camudio in Brussels when she was serving there as the Archduchess Isabella's lady-in-waiting. De Boisschot was a regular patron of Van Dyck and through his associations with Albert and Isabella both in England and the Netherlands he must have known the artist well. He commissioned the St. Martin for the church at Zaventem (Ibid., I. 38) and, after the artist's return from Italy, he is believed to have commissioned another altarpiece for Zaventem, possibly depicting the three Maries (lost).
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