Master Paintings & Sculpture Part I

Master Paintings & Sculpture Part I

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Sir Anthony van Dyck

Self-Portrait with Upturned Mustache and Raised Left Hand

Auction Closed

February 1, 04:16 PM GMT


2,000,000 - 3,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Sir Anthony van Dyck

Antwerp 1599 - 1641 London

Self-Portrait with Upturned Mustache and Raised Left Hand

oil on canvas, an oval

canvas: 27 ¼ by 22 ⅝ in.; 69.1 by 57.5 cm.

framed: 37 ⅜ by 31 ⅝ in.; 94.9 by 80.2 cm.

Please note that the present work is included in the Royal Collection Trust's "Lost Collection of Charles I" online database, where it is identified as the painting included in Abraham van der Doort's circa 1639 inventory of the king's collection. The database may be consulted here:

Probably painted for Charles I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Whitehall Palace, London, circa 1637-1639 (by circa 1639 in the "Little By-Room");

His estate sale held by Parliament, London, St. James's Palace, 9 May 1650;

Where acquired by Remigius van Leemput (1607-1675), for £15.10s;

Charles II (1630-1685), Kind of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Whitehall Palace, London (1666 inv. no. 290, "Sr Anthony Vandyke, Sr Anthony Vandyke in an ovall");

Thence by inheritance to James II (1633-1701), King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (according to Vertue, "Sir Anthony Vandyck’s picture done by himself");

Thence by inheritance to William III (1650-1702), King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Prince of Orange, Whitehall Palace, in the passage between the Closet and the Green Room, and taken to Paleis Het Loo, Appeldoorn, by 1702, mentioned in 1712 (inv. no. 11, "Antonie van Deyk, sijn Portrait, dog maer gemeen") and 1713 (inv. no. 894, "Het pourtrait van van Dijk door hem selfs");

Sold by the Dutch government through Jan van Beuningen, Amsterdam, Pieter Raket, 13 May 1716, lot 33 ("Van Dyck—Zyn Eygen Pourtrait, rond, door eyge hand," for 28 florins);

Certainly Colonel George Tomline (1813-1889), Orwell Park, Suffolk, by 1854;

Thence by inheritance to George Pretyman (1895-1979);

By whom sold, London, Christie's, 28 July 1933, lot 27 ("Sir A. Vandyck, Portrait of the Artist, In black jacket slashed with white, white lawn collar and black cloak, in a painted oval");

Where acquired by Samuel Hartveld Galleries, Antwerp and New York;

Standish Backus, Sr., (1875-1943), New York;

Thence by inheritance to his wife, Lotta Estelle Backus (1884-1996);

By whose estate sold, New York, Parke-Bernet, 17 December 1969, lot 7 (as After Van Dyck);

Where acquired by J. Green;

Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming; 

By whom sold, New York, Sotheby’s, 8 June 1988, lot 50 (as Manner of Sir Anthony Van Dyck, "Portrait of a Man"); 

Where acquired by a private collector;

By whom anonymously sold, New York, Christie's, 6 June 2006, lot 40 (as After Van Dyck);

Art market, London;

Where acquired by the present owner.

Probably G. Vertue, A Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures &c. belonging to King James the Second, London 1758, p. 11, cat. no. 124 (as Van Dyck, Self-Portrait);

G. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, London 1854, vol. III, p. 441 (as Van Dyck, Self-Portrait); 

G. Glück, "Self-Portraits by Van Dyck and Jordaens," in Burlington Magazine 65, no. 380 (November 1934), pp. 195-197 (as Charles I's Van Dyck Self-Portrait);

Probably "Vertue Note Books: Volume IV," in Walpole Society 24 (1935-1936), p. 97; 

Probably O. Millar, "Abraham Van der Doort’s Catalogue of the Collections of Charles I," in Walpole Society 37 (1958-1960), p. 38;

Probably O. Millar, "The Inventories and Valuations of the King’s Goods 1649-1651," in Walpole Society 43 (1970-1972), p. 267, cat. no. 178;

Probably Paintings from England: William III and The Royal Collections, R. van Leeuwen (ed.), The Hague 1988, p. 73, reproduced;

Probably K. Jonckheere, The Auction of King William’s Paintings, 1713, Amsterdam 2008, p. 262;

Van Dyck, a Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, S. Barnes, N. de Poorter, O. Millar, and H. Vey (eds.), New Haven and London 2004, p. 629, cat. no. IV.A2, reproduced (as a later copy after Van Dyck, rectangular format);

B. Grosvenor, "A Self-portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599–1741) from the collection of Charles I," in British Art Journal 16, no. 3 (Winter 2015-2016), pp. 54-59, reproduced pp. 55, 57, and in infrared reflectography p. 58 (as Van Dyck);

S. Barnes, in Van Dyck, Pittore di Corte, exhibition catalogue, A.M. Bava and M.G. Bernardini (eds.), Turin 2018, p. 235, cat. no. 37 (as Van Dyck).

Antwerp, Rubenshuis Museum, long-term loan, 2016 - 2020;

Turin, Galleria Sabauda, Van Dyck, Pittore di Corte, 16 November 2018 - 3 March 2019, no. 37.