Johannes Van BalenBon Painctre en petit et en grand [...] ouil ce tient mentinant,
J: Meyssens excudit 
Etching, platemark 164 x 113mm (6? x 4?"). Laid onto album sheet.
Portrait of the Flemish artist Jan Van Balen (1611-54) etched after a self-portrait (now lost) by Wenceslaus Hollar. This is one of nine portraits etched by Hollar, when in Antwerp, for a collection of portraits published there by Meyssens in 1649 under the title 'Image de divers hommes desprit sublime'. Below the portrait is a biographical note, as Pennington notes, 'in execrable French'.
Pennington: 1356 iii/v. For a later state see ref. 4223.
[Ref: 23793] £140.00