Sir Thomas Wharton (1615-1684) politician

  • About the artist
    Sir Anthony van Dyck was born in Antwerp. Early in his career he was an assistant to Peter Paul Rubens. He first visited England between November 1620 and February 1621, where his work impressed King James I. He then travelled to Italy, staying until the autumn of 1627, before returning to Antwerp. During his time in Italy, van Dyck developed as a portrait painter, painting mostly wealthy merchant-princes. His style evolved under the influence of works by Titian and Veronese. In 1632 he returned to England, where he became 'Principal Painter in Ordinary' to Charles I. The following year he was knighted. His portraits of the royal family enhanced their prestige at home and abroad and his work had a profound influence on British portraiture.
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    People
    Wharton, Sir Thomas
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    mezzotint
  • Details
    Title
    Sir Thomas Wharton (1615-1684) politician
    Date
    25 March 1775
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Dimensions
    height: 57.00 cm, width: 40.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Transferred from the Ministry of Defence, April 2017
    Provenance
    Ministry of Defence Collection (found in MoD building 1991); transferred to GAC 2017
    GAC number
    17021