[Rubens with his Wife and Child.From the Collection of His Grace the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim.]
Mezzotint, UNRECORDED PLATE, proof before inscription. Sheet 510 x 355mm (20 x 10"). Trimmed within plate. Ink stamp of the Lennox-Boyd Collection on reverse.
An unrecorded plate of McArdell's mezzotint, a very close copy but with some noticeable differences: for example a greater number of bands around Hélène's cuff; Rubens' finger does not extend as out from the hedge; and the caryatid has a different expression. The British Museum has a published example (1902,1011.3379), described as the same as CS 159. A self-portrait of Rubens in an ornamental garden with his second wife Hélène Fourment and their unnamed young son, a parrot in the rosebush behind. The painting, formerly in the collection of Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, is now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
See CS 159, i of ii. Goodwin: 121 Variant. Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 34993] £650.00