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An image of Frans Francken the Younger by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Sir Anthony van Dyck

(Flanders 22 Mar 1599 – 09 Dec 1641)

Frans Francken the Younger
circa 1625-circa 1636
Media category
Materials used

24.4 x 15.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1940
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 6. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (2)

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