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)
Pen and brown ink; verso: pen and brown ink, black chalk
9 1/16 x 9 5/8 in. (23 x 24.5 cm)
Gift of Harold K. Hochschild, 1940
Not on view
Van Dyck probably made this drawing as a preparatory study for the lifesize equestrian portrait of Albert de Ligne, prince of Brabançon and Arenberg (Holkham Hall, Norfolk), which he painted about 1628–32. The sitter was commander in chief of the Spanish forces in Bohemia, Westphalia, and the Netherlands. Van Dyck's choice of a rear view adds decorative bravado to the image by integrating the horse's flowing mane and tail with the sitter's elegant sash and dashing feathered hat.
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)
Possibly Nicodemus Tessin, the Younger (Stockholm, 1654–1728); possibly acquired by Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1656–1733, Wilton House, Wiltshire), and then by descent; Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1734–1794, Wilton House, Wiltshire), by 1772; by descent to Reginald Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1880–1960, Wilton House, Wiltshire); his sale, Sotheby's, London, July 5–10, 1917, lot 378; Junius Spencer Morgan (American, 1867–1932); his sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, February 18, 1921, lot 66; Richard Ederheimer (American, 1878–1959); Donor: Harold K. Hochschild (American, New York 1892–1981 New York), 1940
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