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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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Margaret Lemon, by Jean Morin, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28462

Margaret Lemon

by Jean Morin, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching and line engraving, early to mid 17th century
NPG D28462

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D18353

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18353

King Charles I, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26337

King Charles I

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D26337

King Charles I, probably after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26349

King Charles I

probably after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D26349

King Charles I, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26385

King Charles I

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D26385

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D18352

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

by Lucas Vorsterman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, circa 1620s-1640s
NPG D18352

King Charles I, by Michael Hayee, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D19852

King Charles I

by Michael Hayee, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, (circa 1625-1650)
NPG D19852

Henrietta Maria, by Jonas Suyderhoef, published by  Pieter Claesz Soutman, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D20016

Henrietta Maria

by Jonas Suyderhoef, published by Pieter Claesz Soutman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, published circa 1625-1650
NPG D20016

Aletheia Talbot, Countess of Arundel, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D18366

Aletheia Talbot, Countess of Arundel

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching, 1626
NPG D18366

Aletheia Talbot, Countess of Arundel, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D18367

Aletheia Talbot, Countess of Arundel

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching, 1626
NPG D18367

Henrietta Maria, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D22776

Henrietta Maria

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 1630s-1640s
NPG D22776

Nicolaus Claudius Fabricius, by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26286

Nicolaus Claudius Fabricius

by Lucas Vorsterman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26286

Constantine Huygens, by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26289

Constantine Huygens

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26289

King Charles I, by Johannes Meyssens, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26304

King Charles I

by Johannes Meyssens, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26304

King Charles I, by Claes Jansz Visscher, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26350

King Charles I

by Claes Jansz Visscher, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26350

Henrietta Maria, by Jonas Suyderhoef, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26391

Henrietta Maria

by Jonas Suyderhoef, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26391

King Charles II, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26416

King Charles II

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26416

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel and his wife Aletheia, by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26491

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel and his wife Aletheia

by Lucas Vorsterman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26491

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26492

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

by Lucas Vorsterman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26492

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, published by Balthasar Moncornet, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26503

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

published by Balthasar Moncornet, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26503

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