The composition and the way the artist has played with illusions of space closely relate to one of his most famous images, which hangs in the National Gallery. Christie's version, which comes from a collection at Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire, has also been widely exhibited.
Christie's yesterday also announced that its Old Masters sale will include Rubens's previously lost Portrait of Madame de Vicq, 1625, (above) long ago separated from the image of her husband, which is in the Louvre, Paris. Its estimate is pounds 1m to pounds 1.5m.
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