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Jeanne (Joanna) de Constantinople, study for a print; head and shoulders
Brush drawing in grey, heightened with white, with lines indented for transfer; borders reinforced in graphite
Verso: rubbed in white that has oxidised
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- One of five drawings (2001,0127.7-10), four of which represent the Rulers of Brabant for engravings for the following publication, 'Les effigies des Souverains Princes et Ducs de Brabant avec leur chronologie, armes et devises. (Recueilliz de diuers Cabinetz et Originaux Antiques; desseignez par Iean Meyssens)', Johannes Meyssens, Antwerp (1665). This drawing is plate 27, engraved in reverse; see 1879,1011.140.
The first four are engraved in the subsection entitled: ' Effigies des Forestiers et Comtes de flandres sur les dessins de Jean Meyssens, Peintre, gravées par Cornille Meyssens, son fils, l'an 1663'.
Another drawing, representing Marguerite de Constantinople, sister of Jeanne (present sheet) and engraved as plate 28 was sold at Christie's, New York, 28 January 1999, lot 98 (provenance: Pauline Bonaparte; her bookplate on former binding; to Henry Richard Vassall Fox, 3rd Lord Holland; Mrs Arnett Hibbert; Sotheby's 9 June 1941, part of lot 54 [bt Alfred Scharf, £145]; given to Dr Burchard by Alfred Scharf, 31 May 1944), sold for $12,650). It was acquired from Burchard by Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann and sold as part of his collection at Sotheby's New York, 31 January 2018, lot 283 for $9,375.
A drawing of Gaspar de Hollander is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Angers (see exh. cat., "De Speckaert à Jongkind: dessins méconnus des musées d'Angers", 2006, no.9).
55 drawings for the series by Meyssens and Quellinus (titlepage and 54 portraits) kept together in an album with original binding of 17th-century vellum was offered at Christie's Paris, 21 March 2018, lot 17. The album also contains an engraved frontispiece after Quellinus, dated 1653, presumably the first edition of the publication, which is ususally dated 1661.
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- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
In sale as 'circle of Rubens'
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