Hic ille est quondam Fratri vix dispar in arle, felix! [...]
Bruxellis Annon Salutis 1779
Mezzotint, sheet 205 x 160mm (8 x 6¼"). Trimmed inside platemark; false margins added. Rare.
François du Quesnoy (1597-1643), sculptor and draughtsman, gesturing towards a small bust. Du Quesnoy moved to Rome in 1618 (he was a friend and housemate of Nicholas Poussin) and spent the rest of his life in Italy (earning the sobriquet 'il Fiammingo'- 'the Flemish'). Apparently after a portrait by Van Dyck, and published by the British engraver Richard Brookshaw when he was briefly resident in du Quesnoy's hometown of Brussels.
CS p.99; Ex: collection of the Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36373] £140.00