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Sir Anthony van Dyck

(1599-1641), Painter

Sitter associated with 30 portraits
Artist associated with 1023 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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Sir Kenelm Digby, by Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 486

Sir Kenelm Digby

by Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1640
NPG 486

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, possibly after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 2125

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich

possibly after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1640
NPG 2125

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland, possibly after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 1654

Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland

possibly after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, feigned oval, based on a work of circa 1640
NPG 1654

Edward Littleton, Baron Littleton, possibly after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 473

Edward Littleton, Baron Littleton

possibly after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, based on a work of 1640
NPG 473

Sir John Mennes, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 4097

Sir John Mennes

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, 1640?
NPG 4097

Sir John Suckling, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 448

Sir John Suckling

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on panel, based on a work of circa 1640
NPG 448

Sir Edmund Verney, by Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG L202

Sir Edmund Verney

by Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1640
NPG L202

Sir Anthony van Dyck, by Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 6987

Sir Anthony van Dyck

by Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1640
NPG 6987

William II of Orange-Nassau, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 964

William II of Orange-Nassau

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, early 18th century? based on a work of 1641
NPG 964

Henry Ireton, copy attributed to Robert Walker, after  Samuel Cooper, and  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 3301

Henry Ireton

copy attributed to Robert Walker, after Samuel Cooper, and Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1650
NPG 3301

Spencer Compton, 2nd Earl of Northampton, copy by Henry Peart the Elder, after  Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen), and  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 1521

Spencer Compton, 2nd Earl of Northampton

copy by Henry Peart the Elder, after Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen), and Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, 1680s or 1690s
NPG 1521

Margareta Snyders (née de Vos), by Robert Howlett, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG x199776

Margareta Snyders (née de Vos)

by Robert Howlett, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
albumen print, 1857
NPG x199776

Albert, Count of Arenberg, by Schelte Bolswert, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26236

Albert, Count of Arenberg

by Schelte Bolswert, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, early to mid 17th century
NPG D26236

King Charles I, by Pieter de Jode I, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26302

King Charles I

by Pieter de Jode I, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D26302

King Charles I, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26384

King Charles I

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D26384

Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, by Pieter de Jode I, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26432

Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange

by Pieter de Jode I, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D26432

Charles Lewis (Louis), Elector Palatine, by John Payne, published by  Peter Stent, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26460

Charles Lewis (Louis), Elector Palatine

by John Payne, published by Peter Stent, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, early to mid 17th century
NPG D26460

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26501

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D26501

Lucas Vorsterman, by Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28354

Lucas Vorsterman

by Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching, early to mid 17th century
NPG D28354

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