Cornelius Vander Geest (after Anthony Van Dyck 1599-1640). c. 1868. Etching. 7 1/16 x 5 11/16 (sheet 13 11/16 x 9 3/4). Printed on cream laid paper. Signed in the plate. $125.
Cornelis van der Geest (1555 - 1638) was a successful Antwerp spice merchant, an important patron of the arts and a collector. The portrait was probably painted in about 1615-20, shortly before Van Dyck travelled to England for the first time. At a later date (before 1637) the portrait was enlarged; originally only the head and shoulders of van der Geest were visible, in a simulated, oval, porphyry surround. This portrait is one of the most animated and effective portraits of Van Dyck's early years in Antwerp.
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