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Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter

Sitter associated with 29 portraits
Artist associated with 997 portraits
Sir Anthony Van Dyck was by far the most influential painter to have worked in Britain during the seventeenth century. Flemish by birth, he found patronage in a number of European countries, but his longest stay was in England, which he made his home from the beginning of his second visit in 1632 until his death in 1641 (with a break back in Antwerp in 1634-5). While his predecessors from the Low Countries had brought to Britain hints of what painting might become, it was Van Dyck who decisively turned British portraiture away from the stiff, formal ‘iconic’ approach of Tudor and Jacobean painting. In England he developed the distinctive fluid, shimmering style that was to dominate portraiture in Britain not just during the seventeenth century but right up until the early years of the twentieth century. Rewarded by his most famous patron, Charles I, with a knighthood, his enduring influence - and a sense that it would be impossible to better him - was universally recognised and remarked on not only by his contemporaries but also by his successors.

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D38810

Endymion Porter; Sir Anthony Van Dyck

by Fernando Selma, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, late 18th century
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D4553

Sir Anthony Van Dyck

by William Dickinson, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, published 1780
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D28267

Sir Anthony Van Dyck

by J. Thornthwaite, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published 1794
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D38811

Sir Anthony Van Dyck ('Vandyk, as Paris')

by Luigi Schiavonetti, published by William Miller, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published 1807
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D28265

Sir Anthony Van Dyck

by John Corner, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published 1816
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D38808

Sir Anthony Van Dyck

by John Henry Robinson, published by John Pye, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published 1 March 1830
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D38807

Sir Anthony Van Dyck

published by Photographische Gesellschaft, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
photogravure, circa 1900-1910 (circa 1620-1623)
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D28248

Sir Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
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D40363

Endymion Porter; Sir Anthony Van Dyck

by Fernando Selma, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, late 18th century
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