Study for an Equestrian Portrait, Possibly that of Albert de Ligne, Count of Arenberg; verso: Various Studies of Statues and Figures, Including the Venus Pudica and Scipio and his Lictor

Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)

ca. 1628–32
Pen and brown ink; verso: pen and brown ink, black chalk
9 1/16 x 9 5/8 in. (23 x 24.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Harold K. Hochschild, 1940
Accession Number:
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: At lower left, inscribed "The Count of Arenberg by Vandyke" pen and brown ink (19th-century handwriting). Verso: at bottom center, inscribed "prins moúris van van Dyk orgenael." , in pen and brown ink (18th-century handwriting); below, inscribed "12" in graphite (20th-century handwriting)

  • Provenance

    Nicodemus Tessin, the Younger (Stockholm, 1654–1728); Earls of Pembroke (British, Wilton House, near Salisbury, Wiltshire), since the 18th century; Sotheby's, London, July 5–6, 9–10, 1917, lot 378; Junius Spencer Morgan ; Anderson Galleries, New York, February 18, 1921, lot 66; Richard Ederheimer (American, 1878–1959); Donor: Harold K. Hochschild (New York), 1940

  • Exhibition History

    Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Diamond Jubilee Exhibition, Masterpieces of Drawing (Philadelphia)," November 4, 1950–February 11, 1951.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 28, 2003–July 27, 2003.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 24, 2005–April 24, 2005.

  • References

    Sandford Arthur Strong Reproductions in Facsimile of Drawings by Old Masters in the Collection of the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery at Wilton House. London, 1900, fig. no. 21, ill.

    Heinrich Leporini Die Stilentwicklung der Handzeichnung: XIV. bis XVII. Jahrhundert. vols. 14-18, Vienna, 1925, cat. no. 226, fig. no. 226, p. 70, ill.

    A. E. Popham British Museum Quarterly. British Museum, vol. 12, London, 1938, p. 50.

    Hermann Warner Williams, Jr. "A Gift of Prints and Drawings: The Drawings." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 35, no. 8, New York, August 1940, pp. 156, 157, ill.

    Walter Mehring European Drawings from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Portfolio of Collotype Reproductions [Vol. 1: Italian Drawings; Vol. 2: Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings; Vol. 3: "New Series": Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings]. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3 vols., New York, 1942-1944, also N.S., no. 19., cat. no. 2 (vol.2), fig. no. 2, ill.

    Hans Tietze European Master Drawings in the United States. J. J. Augustin, New York, 1947, cat. no. 62, p. 124, ill.

    Diamond Jubilee Exhibition: Masterpieces of Drawings. Exh. cat., November 4, 1950 - February 11, 1951. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 1950, cat. no. 50, ill.

    Horst Vey, Roger-A. d'Hulst Antoon van Dyck: Tekeningen en Olieverfschetsen. Ex. cat.: July 1-August 21. 1960, cat. no. 88, fig. no. LVII, pp. 125-127, ill.

    Horst Vey Die Zeichnungen Anton van Dycks. Brussels, 1962, cat. no. 187, fig. no. 227, pp. 257-258, ill.

    Jacob Bean 100 European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Graphic Society, New York, 1964, cat. no. 82, ill.

    Jacob Bean Flemish Drawings and Prints of the 17th Century. Ex. cat.: Prints and Drawings Galleries, February 17 through April 15. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1970, cat. no. 7, p. 5.

    Erik Larsen Van Dyck 1626-1641. Milan, 1980, cat. no. O, fig. no. O, p. 12, ill.

    Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, J. B. Speed Art Museum Glorious Horsemen: Equestrian Art in Europe, 1500-1800. Ex. cat., September 27, 1981-November 29, 1981, January 11-February 28, 1982. Springfield, 1981, cat. no. 70, fig. no. 70, p. 122, ill.

    Walter Liedtke Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 1, New York, 1984, fig. no. 17, p. 85, ill.

    Christopher Brown The Drawings of Anthony van Dyck. New York, 1991, cat. no. 53, pp. 188-189, ill.

    David Howarth "The Drawings of Van Dyck." Apollo. Apollo Magazine, vol. 136, London, August 1992, p. 127.

    J. Douglas Stewart "Mariette's Louvre Van Dyck Drawing, the Countenance of Scipio: Date, Function and Influence." Gazette des Beaux-Arts. Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol. 121, no. 1491, April 1993, fig. no. 10, pp. 188-189, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History