Rubens and Family, after Jacob Jordaens
63.4 cm x 47.8 cm (24 15/16 in. x 18 13/16 in.)
(Dublin, circa 1740 - 1790, London)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Lawrence Lawver, 2010
In 1779 the famous collection of Old Masters formed by the great English statesman Robert Walpole was sold by his descendents to Catherine the Great of Russia. To record what was regarded as a departing national treasure, the publisher John Boydell commissioned a series of mezzotints after the collection’s most important paintings. Named for Walpole’s residence, the Houghton Gallery was one of the major print projects in late eighteenth century Britain. Noted for its subject and geniality, Jordaens’s painting remains in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg.