Frans Francken The Elder
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2008.25.5
People
Anthony van Dyck, Flemish (Antwerp, Belgium 1599 - 1641 London)
Title
Frans Francken the Elder
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Iconography
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
c. 1626-1633
Culture
Flemish
Physical Descriptions
Technique
Etching
Dimensions
platemark: 25.2 x 16.2 cm (9 15/16 x 6 3/8 in.)
framed: 57.79 x 46.99 x 2.54 cm (22 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 1 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower margin in pen and brown ink and red chalk: francois franck S alias
  • collector's mark: recto, bottom right: P.L [Peter Lely, Lugt 2092]
Provenance
Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092). Clenden J. Ryan, Short Hills, New Jersey, sold [through his sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, January 19-20, 1940, lot 115]. Mr. and Mrs. W. Clifford Klenk, Long Island, New York. [Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, February 16, 1979, lot 613]. [Christie's, London, June 29, 1988, lot 219]. [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
State
ii/vii
Standard Reference Number
M.-H. 6; Amsterdam/Antwerp 9
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Walter C. Klein, Class of 1939
Accession Year
2008
Object Number
2008.25.5
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Commentary
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. 6 (as Franz Franck (or Franchen) the Younger), repr.

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