Paulus Pontius (1603-1658)
Etching by Anthony Van Dyck, second state (of eight)
As with some other early states numerous technical imperfections are apparent (for example Vorsterman, Paul de Vos and Erasmus. Here, Pontius' face has been scarred with accidental streaks and blemishes, and areas in his hair to the right of his face have not printed properly. Impressions of the first state show that Van Dyck only etched a small number of lines to the background. This state shows that a network of horizontal lines was drawn to fill all but the lower left-hand corner of the plate. These lines do not match Van Dyck's existing ones very well.
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