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Pieter Brueghel the Younger, c. 1630

Anthony van Dyck
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
etching on laid paper, mounted on laid paper
24 x 15.5 cm trimmed to platemark; image: 21.1 x 15.5 cm
Purchased 1948
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.

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