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Adam van Noort, c. 1630

Anthony van Dyck
Flemish, 1599 - 1641
etching and engraving on laid paper, mounted on laid paper
24.6 x 16 cm trimmed; plate: 24.3 x 15.6 cm
Purchased 1948
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5232)

The portrait of Adam van Noort, Jordaens’ teacher, father-in-law, and the model for the sly jester in As the Old Sing, is a collaborative work. Van Dyck etched the portrait, but counted on the engraver to elaborate the stone wall that sets off the sitter’s head. It is exhibited in two states: the first shows the results of the artists’ combined labour, and the second as published posthumously.

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