Daniel Herreyns the Younger

A group of putti surrounding a pagan altar; and a design for a church decoration

Daniel Herreyns the Younger was born ca. 1725, probably in Antwerp. It is not known who taught him, although he hailed from an artistic family – his father was the artist Jacobs II Herreyns. In 1751 he became a member of the Antwerp guild of St Luke. Until 1772 he taught many draughtsmen and sculptors, such as Guillaume Roefs and Petrus Schellinckx. Except for his “Head of a Giantess”, which he made for the Antwerp Ommegang (a parade) in 1761, his work mainly consists of decorative panels, destined for town houses. For a grand house on the Vrijdagmarkt – now the Plantin-Moretus museum (Antwerp) – for instance, he produced in 1781 a series of six sopraporte panels, which can still be seen in the museum today. Daniel Herreyns’ style is defined by a refined classicism; as a sculptor, his treatment of low reliefs may be considered especially virtuoso.

The present two drawings formed part of the collection of Charles Van Herck, an important Antwerp-based art dealer and auctioneer who specialized in drawings as well as terracottas by Flemish baroque sculptors, amassing a great collection of them during his lifetime. More than forty years after his death, the bulk of his estate was purchased by the King Baudouin Foundation; most of it was given as a loan to major Belgian institutions and museums. However, between the time of Van Herck’s death and the purchase of his estate, a small number of drawings, including these works, got onto the market.

Daniel Herreyns II

A study for a church decoration of a putto holding a cross, pencil and ink on laid paper, 141 x 73 mm

Artist: Daniel II Herreyns (Antwerp ca. 1725 - 1781)
Medium: ink and wash on laid paper
Dimensions: 83 x 133 mm
Provenance: Collection Charles Van Herck, Antwerp.