This portrait of the Antwerp artist, Frans Francken the Younger, together with the one beside it of Pieter Brueghel the Younger, is part of van Dyck's 'Iconography' – a series of engraved and etched likenesses of leading personalities. Van Dyck etched 19 portraits for the 'Iconography'; the remainder were engraved by professional printmakers based on drawings and 'grisaille' oil sketches by van Dyck. The set of 80 portraits was printed and published by Martin van den Enden. After van Dyck's death the plates were sold to another Antwerp publisher, Gillis Hendrickx, who reissued the set in 1645. The gallery's impression comes from this edition.
circa 1625-circa 1636
v of 6 states
24.4 x 15.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006
Referenced in 1 publication
Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 6. no catalogue numbers