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Past Exhibition

Portrait Study of Quintijn Simons

black and white chalk drawing, portrait of man in cloak, with large collar

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Portrait Study of Quintijn Simons, ca. 1634
Black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on blue paper
17 1/2 × 11 in. (44.3 × 28 cm)
The British Museum, London

This sketch depicts the little-known painter Quintijn Simons, whom Van Dyck portrayed in a painting. In the inscription of a print after this picture, he is described as a "Brussels history painter," but this claim cannot be substantiated by any surviving work. As with many other such sketches, Van Dyck drew on both sides of this sheet.