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Paul van Somer (circa 1576-1621), Portrait painter

Artist associated with 35 portraits
Paul Van Somer was a Flemish artist who arrived in England from Antwerp during the reign of King James I of England and became one of the leading painters of the royal court. He painted a number of portraits both of James and his consort, Queen Anne of Denmark, and of nobles such as Ludovic Stuart, earl of Lennox, and Lady Anne Clifford.

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Anne of Denmark

after Paul van Somer
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 17th century (circa 1617)
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The 1st Earl of Monmouth and his family

attributed to Paul van Somer
oil on canvas, circa 1617
On display in the Long Gallery at Montacute House
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D25792

William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke

by Simon de Passe, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1617
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D25710

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, possibly early 18th century
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D25711

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, possibly early 18th century
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D16251

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1728
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D16252

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1728
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D16253

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1728
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D18258

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, published 1732
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D18259

King James I of England and VI of Scotland

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, published 1732
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D16249

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1734
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D16250

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1734
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D2988

George Heriot

by John and Charles Esplens, after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, published 1743
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D2989

George Heriot

by John and Charles Esplens, after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, published 1743
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D19167

Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, 1st Bt

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
engraving, published 1744
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D34157

Francis Cottington, 1st Baron Cottington

by Robert Dunkarton, after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, late 18th or early 19th century
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D1561

Francis Cottington, 1st Baron Cottington

by Robert Dunkarton, after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, probably late 18th century
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D25822

Charles Blount, Earl of Devonshire

by Valentine Green, after Paul van Somer
mezzotint, published 1775
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D25781

Ludovic Stuart, 1st Duke of Richmond and 2nd Duke of Lennox

by R. Clamp, published by E. & S. Harding, after Paul van Somer
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1795
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