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  • Pen and ink and wash
  • 6 ⅜ × 5 ⅜ inches · 162 × 130 mm
  • Signed with initials and dated 1730, lower right

The loosely indicated second head and Vanderbank's choice of grey wash suggest that this boldly handled drawing is more likely to be based on a drawing than a lost engraving, perhaps of an early seventeenth century artist. It is comparable to many of the portraits in Van Dyck's series of prints, known as the Icones, such as the portrait of Inigo Jones, of which Vertue records that Vanderbank made a copy.[1]

In the British Museum is a similar drawing by Vanderbank which seems to have been adapted from Van Dyck's etching of the 4th Earl of Pembroke from this series.[2] We know from the evidence of contemporary auctions that Vanderbank’s bravura wash drawings were highly valued by collectors. 

References

  1. Vertue, vol.I, p.35.
  2. British Museum, museum no.1856,0815.73.