Wallerant Vaillant (Flemish, Lille 1623–1677 Amsterdam)
Oil on canvas
29 3/4 x 25 in. (75.6 x 63.5 cm)
Purchase, George T. Delacorte Jr. Gift, 1957
Not on view
A native of Lille, Vaillant trained in Antwerp and by the mid-1650s was well established as a portraitist in Amsterdam. The artist is also known as a pioneer of mezzotint engraving. In Dutch and Flemish portraits, falcons usually refer to hunting as an aristocratic sport.
Hugh Robert Hughes, Kinmel Park, Abergele, North Wales (until d. 1911); his son, Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Bodvel Lewis Hughes, Kinmel Park (1911–29; sale, Sotheby's, London, July 3, 1929, no. 47, as by Albert Cuyp, for £2,200 to Asscher); [Asscher & Welker, London, from 1929]; [Daniel H. Farr, New York]; [Howard Young, New York, by 1930–at least 1933]; Mrs. Hamilton McK. Twombly (Florence Vanderbilt), New York (until d. 1952); [(?)N. or J. Weitzner and Knoedler, New York, until 1955; sold to Hirschl & Adler]; [Hirschl & Adler, New York, 1955–57; sold to Stora]; [Raphael Stora, New York, 1957; sold to MMA]
New York. Howard Young Galleries. "Exhibition of paintings by 17th-century Dutch masters," 1933, no catalogue? [see Art News 1933].
International Studio 97 (September 1930), ill. (color) on cover.
Art News 31 (February 11, 1933), p. 3, ill., mentions its inclusion in an exhibition of seventeenth-century Dutch masters at Howard Young Galleries; notes Valentiner's authentication [see Ref. 1930] of it as a work by Cuyp.
Alan Chong. "Aelbert Cuyp and the Meanings of Landscape." PhD diss., New York University, 1992, p. 489, no. C123, includes it among paintings incorrectly attributed to Cuyp and rejected works.
Walter Liedtke. "Toward a New Edition of Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Munuscula Amicorum: Contributions on Rubens and His Colleagues in Honour of Hans Vlieghe. Ed. Katlijne van der Stighelen. Vol. 2, Turnhout, Belgium, 2006, pp. 671–72, fig. 4.