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Peter Paul Rubens with his Wife and Child, ca. 1746 - 1765

  • mezzotints (prints), paper
  • 512 x 356 mm
  • Inv. 1911-EI

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Peter Paul Rubens enjoyed a high reputation in Great Britain throughout the eighteenth century, and prints after his work were published in large numbers. McArdell's mezzotint of Rubens's own family was the first of two such prints published in London after the charming domestic subject; the other was by Charles Phillips. Rubens, his wife Helena, and one of their sons appear within an idealized version of the garden at his mansion in Antwerp.


James MacArdell RKD
Dublin 1728 - 1729 - London 1765

Peter Paul Rubens RKD VIAF Wikidata
Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640

Title Peter Paul Rubens with his Wife and Child
Date ca. 1746 - 1765
Period 18th century
Location London TGN
Medium and support mezzotints (prints) AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Sr Peter Paul Rubens pinxt
inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: Js Mc Ardell fecit
inscription outside the depiction, centre below: Rubens with his Wife and Child / From the Original in the Collection of his Grace the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim
Collection print room
Object type mezzotints (prints) AAT
reproductive prints AAT
Inventory number 1911-EI
Acquisition credit bequest
Vermeersch, Gustave
Saint-Gilles (Brussels)
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015637 portraits AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 25G41 flowers Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
41D221(CAP) head-gear: cap Iconclass
41D221(FLAT HEAD) head-gear (FLAT HEAD) Iconclass
42G2111 father (first degree family relationships) Iconclass
42G2112 mother (first degree family relationships) Iconclass
42G2121 son (first degree family relationships) Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
48B3 portrait, self-portrait of artist Iconclass
48C145 architectural settings in paintings, sculptures, etc. Iconclass
48C24 piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
61B2(FRANS RUBENS) historical person (FRANS RUBENS) Iconclass
61B2(RUBENS, Peter Paul) historical person (RUBENS, Peter Paul) Iconclass
61BB2 historical persons - BB - woman Iconclass
School / Style English School
historicism (theory) AAT
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