Provenance:

Offered, Hans Stahl Auction House, 15 June 2002 (Attributed  Sir Anthony van Dyck.)

 

The Property of a Gentleman, offered at Sotheby's London 5 Dec. 2006 to the present owner

 

Comment:

We believe this painting was executed by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, as one of his oil sketches painted in preparation for other, larger works, including tapestries, altarpieces, engravings, sculptures, and ceiling paintings.

See a similar study.

 

 

Peter Paul Rubens
Head of a Youth, 1601-1602
Oil on paper, mounted on panel, 34.9 x 23.4 cm
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida Manning Collection, 1999, acc. No. 507.1999

 

 

Peter Paul Rubens
Head of a Young Warrior, 1615-15
Oil on Panel, 50.8 x 41.5 cm
Private Collection