Baron Courtauld Thomson, London
Exposition de l'Art Belge au XVIIe Siècle, Brussels, 1910, no. 160 as : 'Cavalier (esquisse). - Bois, h. 27, l. 21 cm. M. Courtauld-Thomson-Esq, Londres.'
The present work was probably painted around 1630. This type of sketch, derived from similar studies by Rubens, would have been used in Van Dyck’s studio as models for his equestrian portrait commissions. Two small sketches identical in size and subject exist, one in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (Fig. 1) and another which appeared at auction at Accademia Fine Art, Monaco on 5th April 2014 (Fig.2). A dendrochronological analysis report dates the panel to 1596.
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