Pieter Brueghel the Younger, c. 1630
Anthony van Dyck
etching on laid paper, mounted on laid paper
24 x 15.5 cm trimmed to platemark; image: 21.1 x 15.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5217)
Impressions could be pulled at any time in the working of a plate, so preserving stages in a print’s evolution; these are termed “states.” Pieter Brueghel the Younger, a fellow painter, is exhibited here in the state Van Dyck left it. Although a quick sketch, Van Dyck considered it
complete and impressions were printed, likely directed to connoisseurs. A later state shows additions made by a publisher to prepare the print for widespread sale after Van Dyck’s early death.