The Adoration of the Shepherds

Related Artist: Anthony Van Dyck (1599 - 1641)


The Phoebus Foundation, Antwerp, Belgium

Object details

Title

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Technique and support

Oil on panel

Dimensions

28.6 x 24.3 cm

Artist

Related artist

Anthony Van Dyck (1599 - 1641)

Most recent published attribution

Van Dyck [Davies 2021b]

Collection and provenance

Collection

The Phoebus Foundation, Antwerp, Belgium

Provenance

Chevalier J.B. Antoine (d. 1691), Post Master General in Antwerp (his seal previously affixed to the reverse), in whose posthumous inventory it appears as no. 60: ‘Een schetse Kersnacht van van Dyck Fl. 72’ (‘A sketch of the Nativity by Van Dyck, 72 guilders’);
sale, Sotheby’s, London, 28 November 1956 (84), as Fragonard;
with the Hallsborough Gallery, London, 1957;
M. A. Hassid, Geneva;
by descent in a private collection, Switzerland;
sale ‘Property from a Private Swiss Collection’, Sotheby’s, London, 6 December 2012 (335), as follower of Van Dyck;
with Philip Mould Ltd., London;
sale, Christie’s, London, 15 December 2020 (15), as Van Dyck.

Literature

Literature

Denucé 1932, p. 356;
‘Fine paintings of Four Centuries at the William Hallsborough Gallery, London’, Connoisseur, May 1957, pp. 248-9;
‘Dutch, Flemish, French and Italian Masters in a London Exhibition’, The Illustrated London News, 27 April 1957, p. 698;
‘Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions’, The Burlington Magazine, May 1957, p. 169.
Antwerp/Rotterdam 1960, p. 165, as a pastiche after Van Dyck;
King’s Lynn 1963, no. 19;
Brussels 1965, no. 50, as Van Dyck;
Duverger, Kunstinventarissen, Vol. XII, p. 91;
Larsen 1988, no. 683, as Van Dyck;
Barnes et al. 2004, p. 248, under no. III.2 (H. Vey), without attribution;
Brown 2020, pp. 57-59, as Van Dyck;
Davies 2021a, pp. 50, 57, 63, n. 48, as Van Dyck;
Davies 2021b, p. 83, ill. p. 84, p. 86, as Van Dyck.

Consult the bibliography

Panel reverse

Cradled or uncradled

Cradled

Dendrochronology

Genus of wood

Oak

Number of planks

2

Plank no. 1

Tree rings: 82
Dated: AD 1523 – 1604
Felled: After AD 1614 (terminus post quem)
Origin: oastal western mainland of Europe (Low countries/ north-eastern France)

Plank no. 2

Tree rings: 77
Dated: AD 1526 – 1602
Felled: After AD 1612 (terminus post quem)
Origin: Poland/Baltic states

Planks of the same tree

1. and plank 1 from related to Anthony Van Dyck, 'Mars going to War', Church Gallery, Oxford, UK (UK013/2018)

1. and plank 1 from Anthony Van Dyck, 'Rinaldo and Armida', National Gallery, London, UK (LO030/2019)

2. and plank 2 from related to Anthony Van Dyck, 'Mars going to War', Church Gallery, Oxford, UK (UK013/2018)

2. and plank 2 from Anthony Van Dyck, 'Rinaldo and Armida', National Gallery, London, UK (LO030/2019): after AD 1616 (terminus post quem)

Date of investigation

06 December 2017

Dendro report no.

LO022/2017 revised 2019

Author

Drs. Justin Davies

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