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