Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641)

Portrait of François Langlois (1589 – 1647)

London, probably early 1630s

Oil on canvas

97.8 x 80 cm

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. A preliminary drawing is in the Institut Néerlandais, Paris.

Purchased 1997 jointly with the National Gallery, London, with financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund (No. 97.4)

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