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ID number:  BIRBI-97.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Dyck, Anthony van (1599-1641)
Title / Object name:  Portrait of François Langlois (1589-1647)
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  London
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  probably early 1630s
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  97.8 x 80 cm
Provenance:  François Langlois; Marquis de Maisons; Marquise de Ruffec; M. Dutrévoux; M. de Lautrec; Chevalier de la Ferrière; Prince de Conti sale, 1777; Duc de Praslin; purchased by William Garnett by 1887; purchased from Agnew's by Viscount Cowdray, 1919; purchased jointly with the National Gallery, London, in 1997 with financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This engaging portrait depicts François Langlois (1589-1647), an engraver, art dealer and publisher, who lived in Florence and Rome in the 1620s, where he presumably met Van Dyck. In 1634 he settled in Paris. He is dressed as a savoyard, or itinerant shepherd and musician in accordance with the contemporary fashion for fanciful portraits of figures in Arcadian costume. In his hands is a musette, a small bagpipe of aristocratic origins, which was popular in court circles. Langlois was himself an accomplished musician. A preliminary drawing is in the Institut Néerlandais, Paris.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Exhibition of the Works of Sir Anthony van Dyck', Grosvenor Gallery, London, UK, 1887 (no. 40); 'Exhibition of Works by Van Dyck', Royal Academy, London, UK, 1900 (no. 122); 'Seventeenth Century Art in Europe', Royal Academy, London, UK, 1938 (no. 85); 'Flemish Art 1300-1700', Royal Academy, London, UK, 1953 - 1954 (no. 158); 100 opere di van Dyck, Florence, Italy, 1955 (no. 29); 'Art Treasures Centenary. European Old Masters', Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 1957 (no. 76); 'Sir Anthony van Dyck, a Loan Exhibition', Thomas Agnew's Galleries, London, UK, 1968 (no. 52); 'Van Dyck in England', National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, 1982 - 1983 (no. 10); 'Anthony van Dyck', National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., USA, 1990 - 1991 (no. 81); 'Van Dyck, 1599-1641', Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium, 15 May 1999 - 15 August 1999; 'Van Dyck, 1599-1641', Royal Academy, London, UK, 11 September 1999 - 10 December 1999 (no. 83); 'Frans Hals Forever', Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands, 23 March 2013 - 28 July 2013

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Dyck, Anthony van

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Van Dyck, 1599-1641

Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp
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