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Portrait of Endymion Porter; half-length, almost to right, leaning back on his right elbow, his left hand on a sword-hilt, slashed doublet and sleeve with a mantle thrown over his right arm, below him the head and shoulders of a boy. c.1633
Black chalk heightened with white, on light-brown laid paper
Watermark: laid down.
- Production date
- 1633 (circa)
Height: 317 millimetres
Width: 241 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The paper shows water stains.
Study for the painting by Anthony van Dyck; the family group of Endymion Porter, his wife and three boys, in the collection of Miss Constance Ellen Baillie (from the Lely, Buckingham and Viscount Strangford collections).
Literature: 'British Portraits', exh.cat. Royal Academy of Arts (London), London, 1956, cat.no.548; Roger.-A. d'Hulst and Horst Vey, 'Antoon van Dyck: Tekeningen en olieverfschetsen', exh.cat. Rubenshuis (Antwerp) and Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Antwerp, 1960, cat.no.97; L. Stainton and C. White, 'Drawing in England from Hilliard to Hogarth', 1987, no.50; C. Brown, 'The Drawings of Anthony van Dyck', exhib.cat. The Pierpont Morgan Library (New York) and Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth), New York, 1991, cat.64; Stijn Alsteens and Adam Eaker, Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture (New York: Frick Collection, 2016): cat. 75.
Stainton & White 1987
Endymion Porter, who served as a Gentleman of the Bedchamber, was one of the most cultivated and widely travelled members of the Caroline court, with a particular interest in the fine arts. He was friendly with both Rubens and Van Dyck, with whom he was already in contact when the latter was in England in 1620-1621. Later Van Dyck painted a self-portrait with Porter, now in the Prado, Madrid. Porter's son, Philip, who appears here as a spirited child, was committed for high treason during the Interregnum and died shortly after release from the Tower.
This drawing is a study for the family portrait now in the collection of Mrs Gervase Huxley (Millar, op. cit., fig. 49), in which the father and youngest son are placed on the left of the composition, with the mother in the centre and the other two boys on the right.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1956/7, London, Royal Academy, 'British portraits', no.548
1960 July-Nov Antwerp-Rotterdam, 'Antoon van Dyck', no.97
1987 June-Aug, BM, 'Hilliard to Hogarth', no.50
1987 Sept-Nov, New Haven, Yale Center for Brit Art, Hilliard to Hogarth (no cat.)
1991 Feb-Apr, New York, Pierpont Morgan Library, 'van Dyck', no. 64
1991 June-Aug, Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, 'van Dyck', no. 64
2009 Feb-May, London, Tate Britain, Van Dyck and Britain
2016 March - June, New York, Frick Collection, 'Van Dyck Portraits'
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- Acquisition notes
- Inscribed on verso, by Richardson, in pen and brown ink: "P.102 / L.12 / G" (Lugt 2983).
Inscribed on verso, by Price, in pen and brown ink: "U. Price. Bought at Myers the miniature Painters Sale, March 1790." (Lugt 2048).
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