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Sunday 14 January 2024

Francesco Polanzani’s etching, “Portrait of Cornelis de Vos”, c.1740, after Vorsterman and Van Dyck

Francesco Polanzani (aka Felice Polanzani) (1700–c.1783)

“Portrait of Cornelis de Vos”, c.1740 (1720–1760), plate 11 from the series of 13 plates, “Icones aliquot...:  A. van Dyck.” (LeBlanc title) (aka “Portraits after Anthony van Dyck”), after a section of Lucas Vorsterman I’s (aka Lucas Aemilius Vorsterman) (1595–1675) engraving, “Cornelius de Vos” (1630–1645) (see, after the design by Anthony van Dyck (aka Anthoni [Ridder] van Dijck; Anthony van Dijck; Antoon van Dijk; Anton van Dyck) (1599–1641).

Inscribed in plate: (lower right edge in small letters) “A. van D[yc]k Pi. [F.] Polanzani Sc.”

LeBlanc 30-42 (Charles Le Blanc 1888, “Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes: contenant le dictionnaire des graveurs de toutes les nations”, vol. 3, Paris, Emile Bouillon, p. 225, cat. nos. 30–42); New Hollstein 98 (Simon Turner [comp.] 2002, “The New Hollstein: Dutch and Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700: Anthony van Dyck”, vol. 1, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision, cat. no. 98).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Portrait of Cornelis de Vos, half-length turned slightly to the right but looking towards the viewer, with short hair, beard and moustache, wearing a high collar; after Lucas Vorsterman who engraved after Anthony van Dyck/ Etching” (

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression and wide margins in a near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains.

I am selling this startlingly fine head study after Lucas Vorsterman’s engraving of the whole figure of Cornelis de Vos (1584–1651)—a leading portrait painter in Antwerp at the time—and, in turn, after the initial design by Van Dyck, for the total cost of AU$237 (currently US$158.48/EUR144.49/GBP124.25 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this superb etching executed with amazing sensitivity and skill, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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