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Wenzel Coebergher, c. 1634-1644

Lucas (the Elder) Vorsterman (after Anthony van Dyck)
Flemish, 1595 - 1675
engraving heightened with brown (watercolour ?), opaque white, and greyish gouache on laid paper, mounted on laid paper
24.1 x 17.8 cm trimmed within platemark; image: 21.4 x 17.6 cm
Purchased 1948
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5353)

Van Dyck also commissioned engravings from professional printmakers, providing them with designs such as this drawing of Wenzel Coeberger, a painter and architect, illustrated here. The printmaker Vorsterman was responsible for turning the drawing into line, which must both capture tone and describe form; the result is far more polished than Van Dyck’s etchings. The first state exhibited here is marked up with corrections by Van Dyck: darker wash shows where emphasis or shadow was to be added, and white gouache (now discoloured) where the white of the paper was to show through as highlights. Vorsterman then made the corrections, a laborious and difficult process. The print as completed is shown to the right.

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