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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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Philip Herbert, 5th Earl of Pembroke, by Pierre Lombart, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26556

Philip Herbert, 5th Earl of Pembroke

by Pierre Lombart, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26556

Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26566

Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26566

James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26574

James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26574

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26601

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26601

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26602

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26602

Philip Herbert, 5th Earl of Pembroke, by Pierre Lombart, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26634

Philip Herbert, 5th Earl of Pembroke

by Pierre Lombart, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26634

Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester and Edward Littleton, Baron Littleton, possibly by William Faithorne, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26950

Henry Montagu, 1st Earl of Manchester and Edward Littleton, Baron Littleton

possibly by William Faithorne, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26950

Sir Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony van Dyck, by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28248

Sir Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony van Dyck

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28248

Sir Anthony van Dyck, by Johannes Meyssens, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28257

Sir Anthony van Dyck

by Johannes Meyssens, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28257

Sir Anthony van Dyck, by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28269

Sir Anthony van Dyck

by Lucas Vorsterman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28269

Gerard Seghers, by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28277

Gerard Seghers

by Lucas Vorsterman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28277

Stevers (Stevens, Stevaerts) (Palamedes, Palamedesz), by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28281

Stevers (Stevens, Stevaerts) (Palamedes, Palamedesz)

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28281

Orazio Gentileschi, by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28282

Orazio Gentileschi

by Lucas Vorsterman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28282

Orazio Gentileschi, by Lucas Vorsterman, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28283

Orazio Gentileschi

by Lucas Vorsterman, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28283

Hendrik van Steenwyck, by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28297

Hendrik van Steenwyck

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28297

Hendrik van Steenwyck, by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28298

Hendrik van Steenwyck

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28298

Adriaen van Stalbemt, by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28303

Adriaen van Stalbemt

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28303

Adriaen van Stalbemt, by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28304

Adriaen van Stalbemt

by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28304

Inigo Jones, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28343

Inigo Jones

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D28343

Lucas Vorsterman, by Lucas Vorsterman the Younger, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28351

Lucas Vorsterman

by Lucas Vorsterman the Younger, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28351

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