James Robert Granville Exley RE, Joannes de Wael after Van Dyck - 1903 etching




An original 1903 etching print, James Robert Granville Exley RE Joannes de Wael Portrait after Van Dyck.

This fine etching depicts a portrait of the artist Joannes de Wael produced after an engraving by Anthony van Dyck. The portrait was originally created in 1641 and became part of a series of eighty-four engraved portraits created by van Dyck in hopes of compiling his work in a published portfolio entitled “Iconographie.” The portrait is celebrated for its insight and naturalism.

On laid paper.

Pencil signed below the image lower right. Pencil dated towards the lower left of the sheet: "July 3rd 1903". Lettered in the plate: “ANT. VAN DYCK FECIT AQVA FORTI. COPY J.R.G. EXLEY JVNE 1903” and "JOANNES DE WAEL. ANTVERPIÆ PICTOR HVMANARVM FIGVRARVM". There is some script in brown ink on the verso as shown.
In good condition for its age. Some minor age toning to the sheet. The ink on the verso shows through slightly to the front at the lower left.
Image size: 21.5cm x 22.2cm.
Sheet size: 35.5cm x 22.3cm. Unframed.

This print forms part of a collection of works we have for sale by James Robert Granville Exley RE (1878-1967).

James Robert Granville Exley RE (1878-1967) is best known for his detailed and characterful etchings of chickens and other fowl. He also produced portraits of the wealthy and landscapes and town scenes, particularly of his native Yorkshire. He developed an extremely fine etching technique, often combined with drypoint, aquatint and tonal printing.

Exley was born at Great Horton, Bradford in West Yorkshire. He studied at Bradford Grammar School, Skipton Art School and then at the Royal College of Art, London under Sir Frank Short. He was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1905, before graduating from the RCA in 1907, and then becoming a fellow of the RE in 1922. He worked for a time in Paris, and went on to become Principal of the Cambridge and County School of Art 1909-12, and then Head of Hull School of Art 1912-19. Exley exhibited widely from 1906, including at the Royal Academy, Redfern Gallery and Connell & Sons in London, and the Glasgow Institute. He was also commissioned to paint miniature paintings for Queen Mary or a royal dolls house.

His work is in numerous public collections including the British Museum, National Trust, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. 

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Product code: JE-708


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