FOLLOWER OF SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK | PORTRAIT OF ADAM DE COSTER
Property from a Belgian Private Collection
FOLLOWER OF SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK
PORTRAIT OF ADAM DE COSTER
oil on panel
unframed: 25.8 x 19.5 cm.; 10⅛ x 7¾ in.
framed: 41.7 x 36.8 cm.; 16⅜ x 14½ in.
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The small panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is dirty and the varnish is discoloured. There are some small surface scuffs in the upper left and two lower corners. Much of the impasto paintwork remains well preserved. Inspection under ultraviolet light is impeded by the thick, yellow varnish beneath which it is difficult to discern any intervention save perhaps for some small retouchings to the aforementioned corners. The majority of the composition appears to be untouched however. In overall very good condition.
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By whom sold, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 9 June 1911, lot 21;
Sale, Paris, Palais Galliera, 5 December 1964, lot 12;
Sale, Paris, Palais Galliera, 14 March 1970, lot 9;
Anonymous sale, Paris, Ader Picard Tajan, 15 June 1979, lot 18 (all the above as Van Dyck).
Based on the grisaille oil sketch that Van Dyck made for the Iconography,1 the ambitious series of portrait prints designed by him in the early 1630s. Adam de Coster was born in 1586 in the Flemish city of Mechelen, a province of Antwerp, and appears to have spent much of his career in Antwerp, becaming a Master of the Guild of Saint Luke around 1607. In the Iconography, he is described as 'pictor noctium', signaling that his reputation as a painter of night scenes had firmly been established in Northern Europe by this period.