Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, 4th Earl of Surrey and 1st Earl of Norfolk

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Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, 4th Earl of Surrey and 1st Earl of Norfolk, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1629 - NPG 2391 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, 4th Earl of Surrey and 1st Earl of Norfolk

by Sir Peter Paul Rubens
oil on canvas, 1629
27 in. x 21 in. (686 mm x 533 mm)
Purchased, 1929
Primary Collection
NPG 2391


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  • Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Painter. Artist associated with 39 portraits, Sitter associated with 13 portraits.

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This magnificent portrait of the Earl of Arundel shows him not only as a connoisseur-he acquired one of the most important seventeenth-century collections of painting and sculpture, but also with a certain braggadocio, as befitted his status as Earl Marshal. It was painted in 1629, when Rubens came to London as an emissary of Philip IV of Spain, and was a study for a larger three-quarter length portrait of him (now in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston). As a sketch it has an exceptional liveliness in its characterisation of a man with a worldly and perhaps slightly cynical mind.

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  • NPG D19370: Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, 4th Earl of Surrey and 1st Earl of Norfolk (after)
  • NPG D17391: Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, 4th Earl of Surrey and 1st Earl of Norfolk ()

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