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Elizabeth Castlehaven by Pierre Lombart after Antony Van Dyck

Elizabeth Castlehaven by Pierre Lombart after Antony Van Dyck

A 17th century portrait of Elizabeth Castlehaven by Pierre Lombart after Antony Van Dyck from the publication 'The Countesses' in which Lombart produced the engravings exclusively from Van Dyck's Portraits.
Inscribed 'P. Lombart London sculpsit Londini avec Priviliege du Roy ex et parisis.'
Also inscribed in pencil 'Eliz" Noel lee Burke' .

Condition: Good

Title: Elizabeth Castlehaven Comitissa
Medium: Copperplate line engraving circa 1665 Image Size: 315 x 252mm, 12.5 x 10 "
Order No. 7120 Price:£295.00 Paper Size: 440 x 295mm, 17.25 x 11.5 "
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Antony Van Dyck - born Antwerp, 22 March 1599; d London, 9 Dec 1641). Flemish painter and draughtsman, active also in Italy and England. He was the leading Flemish painter after Rubens in the first half of the 17th century and in the 18th century was often considered no less than his match. A number of van Dyck's studies in oil of characterful heads were included in Rubens's estate inventory in 1640, where they were distinguished neither in quality nor in purpose from those stocked by the older master. Although frustrated as a designer of tapestry and, with an almost solitary exception, as a deviser of palatial decoration, van Dyck succeeded brilliantly as an etcher. He was also skilled at organizing reproductive engravers in Antwerp to publish his works, in particular The Iconography (c. 1632-44), comprising scores of contemporary etched and engraved portraits, eventually numbering 100, by which election he revived the Renaissance tradition of promoting images of uomini illustri. His fame as a portrait painter in the cities of the southern Netherlands, as well as in London, Genoa, Rome and Palermo, has never been outshone; and from at least the early 18th century his full-length portraits were especially prized in Genoese, British and Flemish houses, where they were appreciated as much for their own sake as for the identities and families of the sitters.

Pierre Lombart 1620 - 1681
A well known 17th century French line engraver of portraits and religious subjects. Apprenticed in Paris under Simon Vouet. There, he gained a strong reputation for his portrait work and his engravings after the old masters. Pierre Lombart was then convinced into coming to England to pursue his engraving skills during the final years of the reign of King Charles the First. The tempestuous times the followed, however, did not harm Pierre Lombart. Under the austere rule of the Roundheads Lombart simply adapted his skills to suit their needs. A perfect example is Lombard's renowned 'headless' equestrian portrait. Originally it was created as a royal portrait of King Charles on horseback, but it was poorly timed as the monarch was executed only months after its completion. Pierre Lombart, not permitting politics to interfere with art, simply created a second state of the engraving by substituting Charles's head with that of the victorious Cromwell. Years later, when Cromwell's Restoration had fallen by the wayside, Pierre Lombart again reworked the original plate by once more uniting Charles's head with his body.

Pierre Lombart was a brilliant master of the portrait, and during his long stay in England he created many fine studies. Perhaps his greatest works are the prints which are now known as "The Countesses" These are the half-length portraits, all after van Dyke, and consist of this original example (the Earl of Arundel), the Earl of Pembroke and ten of high standing ladies of the court. This splendid portrait depicts the powerful Earl of Arundel in his full suit of armour. The inscription under the Earl's helmet is on the Arundel Coat of Arms.

Pierre Lombart is known to have resided in London up to 1672, returning to Paris after the restoration where he died.

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