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Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, by Daniel Mytens, circa 1618 - NPG 5292 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

by Daniel Mytens
oil on canvas, circa 1618
81 1/2 in. x 50 in. (2070 mm x 1270 mm)
Accepted in lieu of tax by H.M. Government and allocated to the Gallery, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5292


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  • Daniel Mytens (circa 1590-1647), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 52 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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An art collector and patron, Arundel was the most influential connoisseur of his age. He is described as 'one that loved and favoured all arts and artists in great measure and was the bringer of them in to England'. He fostered the careers of Inigo Jones, Daniel Mytens, Wenceslaus Hollar, Van Dyck, and Rubens, who called him 'one of the evangelists of art'. Arundel assembled the first major collection of classical antiquities in London and this portrait shows him gesturing with his baton towards the sculpture gallery at Arundel House on the Strand, which overlooked the Thames. His activities as a patron were heavily dependent on the wealth of his wife, Alathea Talbot, who appears in a companion portrait seated before a portrait gallery.

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  • NPG 5293: Aletheia Talbot, Countess of Arundel (companion portrait)
  • NPG D11107: Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (companion portrait)

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Current affairs

Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban, is appointed Lord High Chancellor. He would be impeached for bribery three years later ending his political career. Lord High Treasurer Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk, and his wife, Katherine, are charged with embezzlement and found guilty the following year.

Art and science

Jurist, politician and scholar, John Selden, publishes his History of Tythes, in which he concedes the legal right of the Church of England to collect tithes, but denies divine authority. The Royal College of Physicians compiles the London Pharmacopoeia, a standard list of medicines and their ingredients.

International

Sir Walter Ralegh's voyage to Guiana tragically fails. Unable to find treasure, his attack against the Spanish settlement San Thomé, during which his son Walter dies, dangerously jeopardises Anglo-Spanish relations. Ralegh returns home and is executed for treason. Start of the Thirty Years War, precipitated by the Bohemian Revolt.

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