Willem de Vos (fl.1593-1629)
Etching by Anthony Van Dyck, second state (of seven)
This impression shows that very early on the plate became damaged around the area of De Vos's head. Parts of his face have been burnished away in preparation for new lines to be engraved. The missing eyelid of De Vos's left eye in particular makes this portrait look a good deal more unfinished than Van Dyck's etchings of the head alone, for example his self portrait and portrait of Frans Snyders. The sense of the portrait being a work in progress is reinforced by the varying degrees of finish in different areas of the plate: the still largely unworked left side of De Vos's body, the thickly etched lines on the right, and the densely cross-hatched background.
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