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Frans Snyders (1579-1657)


Etching by Anthony Van Dyck and engraving by Jacques Neeffs (1604-c.1667), fifth state (of seven)

Van Dyck's etching of Snyders is finished in engraving by Jacques Neeffs, the same printmaker who reworked the self portrait. With the completion of the body and the addition of a pillar on the left, Snyder's head loses its power. It is out of proportion with the rest of the figure, weakening the composition as a whole.

This print is from an album entitled "Van Dyck Etchings and their states, by an Amateur". A note at 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.