[Philippe Le Roy.]
Mezzotint printed in colours, signed india proof from a limited (first?) edition. 405 x 230mm, 16 x 9". Inscribed 'Limited to 220' in pencil lower left.
Philippe Le Roy (1596 - 1679) represented the Spanish Netherlands in the negotiations of the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. One hand on sword, the other stroking a large hound. This engraving by Fred Millar (exh. 1915 - 1923) is after the painting hanging in the Wallace Collection London with its companion portrait of 1631 "Marie de Raet" as the 16 year old wife of this very much self made man. Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) was the leading Flemish painter of the first half of the 17th century, after Rubens. He produced history paintings, tapestry designs, etchings and landscape drawings, although it is chiefly as a portrait painter that he is remembered. He was appointed as court painter to Archduchess Isabella of the Spanish Netherlands and later Charles I of England, who had him buried in St Paulís Cathedral and erected a lavish monument in his honour on his death in 1641.
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