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17th Century English Portrait Of Lady Anne Berney, Circle Of Sir Anthony Van Dyck


"17th Century English Portrait Of Lady Anne Berney, Circle Of Sir Anthony Van Dyck"
Portrait of a lady, by tradition Anne Berney (d. 1762), by the circle of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), wearing a sumptuous blue silk dress with scalloped neckline and sleeves, a shawl of gauze on one shoulder and a pearl necklace and earrings, standing on a garden terrace, tending to some flowers on a stone plinth. Circa 1640. Oil on canvas in a carved and gilt English 'Sunderland' frame.

Provenance:
With Lane Fine Art, London in 2001 Private collection, Sussex since 2001

The portrait is believed to be of Anne (c.1590-1652), daughter of Michael Smallpage of Chichester and wife of Sir Richard Berney, 1st Baronet of Park Hall, Reedham in Norfolk (died 1668). Richard Berney was made a baronet in 1620 by James I and soon after became High Sheriff of Norfolk. Similarities in the style of Anne's clothing can be drawn with the portrait of Lady Mary Villiers as St Agnes, who wears a scalloped-hem silk dress, painted by Van Dyck around 1637 (Royal Collection), and the Van Dyck's wife, Mary Ruthven, Lady Van Dyck in 1640 who wears a similar blue dress with scalloped-edged sleeves. Mary Ruthven's portrayal prompted William Sanderson's remark about "carefree romance" in contemporary female costume created by Van Dyck. Compared to the more limited costume worn by Van Dyck's continental sitters, the attire of his English subjects was very varied. He introduced the notion of "undressing" which gave his models a new and attractive appearance and he sought timelessness by avoiding specific details and mixing the real with the imaginary.

AntonyVan Dyck (1599-1641) is the most important Flemish painter of the 17th century after Rubens, whose works influenced the young Van Dyck. He also studied and was deeply influenced by the work of Italian artists, especially Titian. Van Dyck was a hugely successful portrait painter and painter of religious and mythological images in Antwerp and Italy. He was also an accomplished draughtsman and engraver. However, today he is best known for his elegant depictions of Charles I and his court. Van Dyck was born in Antwerp. A precocious artist, his first independent works date from 1615-16, when he would have been around 17 years old. In 1621 he was in the service of James I of England, but left to visit Italy, where he remained until 1627. His aristocratic rendering of Genoese patricians, such as the so-called "Balbi children" (c. 1627, National Gallery in London), have been very well received in this city. After a second period in the Netherlands, greater success awaited Van Dyck when he moved to the English court in 1632. His authoritative and flattering depictions of Charles I and his family set a new standard for portraiture English to which the members of the court were keen to aspire. (ref, National Gallery, London)

Literature: Christopher White, 'Anthony Van Dyck and the Art of Portraiture', 2021
Price : $21,000
Artist : Circle Of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)
Period: 17th century
Style: Baroque
Condition : Good, ready to hang condition

Material : Oil on canvas
Width : 121cm (48in)
Height : 149cm (59in)

Reference : 908
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