(Lille 1623 - Amsterdam 1677)
Portrait of a Man, Wearing an Embroidered Collar over Armour
The sheet made up with strips at the top, left and right edges, and with some made up areas at the bottom edge. Laid down.
Signed and dated Vaillant f./ 1649 in black chalk at the upper left.
417 x 360 mm. (16 3/8 x 14 1/8 in.)
As has been noted of a stylistically comparable sheet in the Ackland Art Museum in North Carolina, Vaillant’s large portrait drawings ‘are allied to a Franco-Flemish tradition of portrait engraving that reached its peak at mid-century in the work of Robert Nanteuil…[combining] an apparent simplicity with rich detail…highlights and shadows are broadly and swiftly indicated, but fine details of embroidery and lace are handled with delicate line work…Like the sitter’s costume itself, the drawing is both restrained and luxurious, suggesting an aristocratic outlook too confident to require obvious signs of grandeur.’
Among closely comparable drawings by Wallerant Vaillant is a portrait of the Dutch soldier Jacob Bicker, signed and dated 1643, in the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, in which the sitter is also depicted in armour.