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Philippe Le Roy (1596-1679)


Etching by Anthony Van Dyck and engraving attributed to Paulus Pontius and unknown printmakers, ninth state (of nine)

This shows how the earlier state would have looked had it not been masked. It also reveals that the borderline, coat of arms, and inscription were added forty years after Van Dyck etched the plate: in the inscription Le Roy is called Baron of Broechem, a title he did not gain until 1671. A chain of honour, which he received in 1648, was added to the portrait at an earlier stage.

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.