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Saint Paul: P.15000-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Saint Paul


Printmaker: Faber, John II
Publisher: Faber, John II
Painter: Dyck, Anthony van (After)




After the painting by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641). Half-length portrait of an old man with long, white/grey hair, curled at the ends, and full beard, facing left and looking up to the right. He wears a cloak and rests his left hand on a book stood on its end.


History note: VanSittart gave 1,485 engravings to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1879 and this mezzotint was probably included within this group. The number written in pen and ink on the verso presumably relates to Vansittart's own cataloguing system and that written in graphite to some kind of count by curators at the time of the acquisition.

Legal notes

Given by Augustus Arthur VanSittart, ?1879

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by VanSittart, Augustus Arthur


18th Century#
Production date: AD 1741


Mezzotint with etching and stipple, printed in black ink. State before title. Lettered with artists' names in the margin at lower left: 'S.r Ant.y Van Dyke pinx.t' and lower right: 'J. Faber fecit 1741.'. Engraved dedication in the margin below: 'Done from the Original Painting in the Collection of the Right Honourable / John Lord Viscount Tyrconnel Knight of the most Hon.ble Order of the Bath / To whom this Plate is humbly Dedicated by his Lordship's. / Obliged and most Humble Servant / John Faber'. Publisher's details engraved in the margin at lower left: 'Sold by Faber at ye Golden Head in Bloomsbury Square'. Inscribed in pen and ink on the verso: '157'; in graphite: 'Vansittart Collection' and '364'. A fully-lettered impression of the plate bearing the title, 'St. Paul', is in the Wellcome Collection (Wellcome Library no. 6736i).

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15000-R
Primary reference Number: 240047
Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon): 4.70 (as 'St. Peter', p.204)
Guiffrey (van Dyck): 206 (p.251)
Lugt: L.2479ter
Hollstein (Dutch/Flemish): undescribed (van Dyck)
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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