Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 452 (Sale info: $5000.00).
"b. Antwerp, 1599. After studying under Henry Van Balen, he entered the school of Rubens in 1615, and soon became the favorite pupil of his master. Later, Van Dyck visited Italy to study the works of Titian and Giorgione, and there, by his elegance and refinement of manner, made many friends. He lived successively in Venice, Genoa, and Rome, and painted many portraits and religious works. In 1632 he went to England, where he was well received by the king, and was appointed principal painter in ordinary to the king and queen, who frequently visited his studio and passed hours in familiar conversation with him. Three months after his arrival in England, the King conferred upon him the honor of knighthood and settled upon him a pension of l200 yearly. While in London, Van Dyck earned large sums of money, lived in a style of lavish magnificence, and entertained his friends right royally. He died in 1641 at his home in Balackfriars, and was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral. As a portrait painter, Van Dyck occupied the first place, with Titian. The works of Van Dyck are numerous, and are found in all large and good collections. " Portrait of Rubens. This picture was painted about 1636, for an ancient royalist family in Gloucester, England, and is doubtless a duplicate of the portrait of Van Dyck painted for King Charles I. " The following is from the New York Tribune, of November 19, 1882: . . . Colonel Farrell purchased this painting at the sale of an old family mansion in England, some years ago, and experts to whom he has submitted it have pronounced it a Van Dyck. It certainly possesses many of the characteristics of Van Dyck's second or English manner - in which his works are distinguished for their silvery tones and for the delicacy, brilliancy, and at the same time solidity and firmness of their painting. As a portrait of Rubens, this work is an almost exact duplicate of the picture by Van Dyck in Windsor Castle. The handsome face of the artist is surmounted by a broad-brimmed cavalier hat with a gold cord and tassel. He wears a dark cloak or mantle thrown over his shoulders and a pointed lace collar. The face is exquisitely painted, strong in the lights and tender in the shadows; the delicate pearly grays - the despair of so many artists - are expressed, apparently, with ease." [P. 87; ellipses appear.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.