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Frans Francken, the Elder (1542-1616)


Etching by Anthony Van Dyck and engraving by an unknown printmaker, sixth(?) state (of seven)

As with the later state of the portrait of Pieter Brueghel there is no additional etched or burin work to the portrait itself; only the addition of a borderline and Latin title, which identifies Francken as ANTVERIÆ PICTOR HVMANARVM FIGVRARVM (Figure painter of Antwerp). In this impression the lower half of the margin has been cut away.

This print is from an album entitled "Van Dyck Etchings and their states, by an Amateur". A note in the beginning of the album explains that it is a unique, deluxe edition of photogravures of Van Dyck's etchings, being the only one printed on drawing paper and furnished with twenty-seven impressions of the etchings and 'doubtful' attributions.