A new Van Dyck grisaille

July 13 2012

Image of A new Van Dyck grisaille

Picture: Sotheby's

I've been meaning to mention a newly discovered Van Dyck grisaille that surfaced at Sotheby's in the recent Old Master day sale. It is a sketch for his 1639 double portrait of Mountjoy, Earl of Newport, and George, Lord Goring, which is now at Petworth. There are a few differences in the composition of the final picture, so this is handy evidence of Van Dyck's working practice. The page, of course, is a frequently used Van Dyck motif, and originates with Rubens. It was later re-used by Robert Walker in his portraits of Cromwell.

The grisaille was estimated at £30-£50,000, but didn't sell.

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