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Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence

Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp)
Attributed to Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)
early 17th century
Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white; contours traced with stylus for transfer.
sheet: 14 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (37.2 x 27 cm)
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, the Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1961
Accession Number:
Not on view
This drawing is made after Rubens' painting in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. It is the preparatory drawing for the engraving by Lucas Vorsterman. Therefore, the contours are traced with a stylus to transfer the composition to the copperplate. To facilitate the engraver's work, a lot of attention was paid to the division of light and dark within the composition. The sheet was possibly made by Anthony van Dyck and retouched in pen by Rubens.
Inscription: Verso lower left in black ink: G.D (unidentified, not in Lugt; margin of Frick copy of Nouri sale bears same initials in brown ink.)

Marking: Lower left collector's mark of Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445)
Verso lower right in brown ink RPR (collector's mark of Robert Prioleau Roupell?: not same mark as Lugt 2234).
Sir Thomas Lawrence (British, Bristol 1769–1830 London)(sale, S. and A. Woodburn, The Lawrence Gallery, May 1835, no.81); Robert Prioleau Roupell (British, London 1798–1886); his sale, Christie's, London, July 12–14, 1887, lot 1138 as Rubens; Victor Koch (London, born ca. 1868–died after 1946); his sale, Sotheby's, London, June 29, 1949, lot 110 as Rubens (£60 to Dr. Hasson); Dr. James Hasson (London); his sale, Christie's, London, March 24, 1961, lot 22; Vendor: Kleinberger
"Advertisement for sale of Hasson collection, Christie, Manson and Woods." in Burlington Magazine. vol. 103, 1961, xviii, ill.

Antoine Seilern Flemish paintings and drawings at 56 Princes Gate, London, SW7. London, 1969, cat. no. 327.

Konrad Renger "Rubens Dedit Dedicavitque, Rubens Beschäftigung mit der Reproduktionsgrafik." Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen. 1974, fig. no. abb. 7, pp. 123-175, ill.

Ingeborg Pohlen Untersuchungen zur Reprodutionsgraphik der Rubenswerkstatt, Beitrage zur Kunstwissenschaft. vol. 6, Munich, 1985, cat. no. 42, pp. 266-267.

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