Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel(1585-1646), Patron of art and collector
Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, 4th Earl of Surrey and 1st Earl of Norfolk
Sitter associated with 68 portraits
Arundel was the most influential connoisseur of his age, and was 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 became the major influence on the connoisseurship of the royal family, and on the formation of artistic taste amongst the aristocracy and gentry. He withdrew to a self-imposed exile during the Civil War, but made his Royalist sympathies clear by donating £54,000 to the King's cause.
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by Lucas Vorsterman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
- Aletheia (née Talbot), Countess of Arundel and Surrey (wife)
- Philip Howard, 13th Earl of Arundel (father)
- Anne Howard (née Dacre), Countess of Arundel (mother)
- Henry Frederick Howard, 15th Earl of Arundel, 5th Earl of Surrey and 2nd Earl of Norfolk (son)
- Thomas Howard, 5th Duke of Norfolk (grandson)
- William Howard, 1st Viscount Stafford (son)
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