Josef van Aken (Antwerp 1709-1749 London) A courtly conversation
Lot 29
Josef van Aken (Antwerp 1709-1749 London) A courtly conversation
£7,000 - 10,000
US$ 12,000 - 17,000
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Josef van Aken (Antwerp 1709-1749 London)
A courtly conversation
oil on canvas
51 x 37cm (20 1/16 x 14 9/16in).

Footnotes

  • A female figure in a black hood and red cape or dress was one favoured by the artist in a number of compositions (see, for example, his Elegant company at a market stall, Christie's, South Kensington, 4 July 2007, lot 101; A vegetable stall by a cottage; and A Christening, Private Collection, England). The present painting shows van Aken's Flemish roots while also reflecting the type of genre subject that Philip Mercier took from France and looking forward to the English fashion for depicting the novels of writers such as Samuel Richardson. Van Aken's reputation for his skill in depicting drapery was such that he used it as a side-line, collaborating with portrait painters such as Thomas Hudson and Allan Ramsay to the extent that Horace Walpole could write that 'almost every painter's works were painted by Van Aken'.
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