FOLLOWER OF SIR ANTONY VAN DYCK | PORTRAIT OF KING CHARLES I (1600-1649), BUST LENGTH, IN A BLACK DOUBLET AND WHITE LACE COLLAR, WITH THE BLUE GARTER RIBBON AROUND HIS NECK
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD
FOLLOWER OF SIR ANTONY VAN DYCK
PORTRAIT OF KING CHARLES I (1600-1649), BUST LENGTH, IN A BLACK DOUBLET AND WHITE LACE COLLAR, WITH THE BLUE GARTER RIBBON AROUND HIS NECK
Oil on panel
Unframed: 12 x 9¾ in., 35 x 24.9 cm
Framed: 18 x 16¼ in., 45.7 x 41.3 cm
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The painting is on a panel which has a vertical join down the left side, just on the outside edge of his hair. It is visible to the naked eye but stable. The paint layer retains a nice patina and there is some impasto in the brushwork of the lace. The varnish is somewhat fresh and overall the painting is in good condition and can be hung as is. Under ultraviolet light there are scattered retouchings throughout the composition which flouresce, notably along the join and mostly in the background. There are a handful of careful areas of retouching in the face, including in the shadow under the cheekbone, in the mustache and beard, along the nose and some minimal spots in the forehead. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.
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Sir Robert Gresley, 11th Baronet Gresley (by descent from the above and sold: Hampton & Sons, Drakelowe, July 16, 1931, lot 797 (as School of Van Dyck))
Sale: Christie's, London, July 26, 1985, lot 96 (as Follower of Sir Anthony van Dyck)
This work appears to borrow different elements from known portraits by Sir Anthony van Dyck. The angle in which his face is represented, gazing towards the side, appears to be based on the larger portrait of King Charles I with Queen Henrietta Marianow in the Archiepiscopal Castle and Gardens, Kromeriz, Czech Republic.(1) Meanwhile, the elegant black shirt he wears with the blue Garter ribbon appears to be inspired by the large portrait of King Charles and Queen Henrietta Maria with their childrenfrom 1632 in Windsor Castle, Berkshire (inv. no. RCIN 405353).
(1) See Susan J. Barnes, Nora de Poorter, Oliver Millar and Horst Vey, Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, Yale & London, 2004, cat.no. IV.46, illustrated pp. 461-62.