Three Eldest Children of King Charles I in 1635: King Charles II (1630-1685) when Prince of Wales, King James II and VII (1633-1701) when Duke of York, Mary, Princess of Orange (1631-1660)

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Hospitality, Lancaster House
  • 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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    Title
    Three Eldest Children of King Charles I in 1635: King Charles II (1630-1685) when Prince of Wales, King James II and VII (1633-1701) when Duke of York, Mary, Princess of Orange (1631-1660)
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 64.00 cm, width: 76.70 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from E & H Thompson, Carlisle, June 1954
    Inscription
    bl: Regis Magnae Britaniae / Proles / Princeps Carolus natus 29 May / 1630 / Jacobus Dux Eboracencis / natus 14 Oct 1633 / et filia Princeps Maria / nata 4 No: 1631 / AR fecit
    Provenance
    Purchased from E & H Thompson, Carlisle 1954
    GAC number
    2709