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Portrait of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham; half-length, slightly to right, looking to front, with small pointed beard and moustache, wearing a high, stiff lace collar and doublet with slashed sleeves, the jewel of the garter on a ribbon around his neck; arched; after Daniel Mytens. 1624
Pen and brown ink with grey-brown was, touched with red chalk, over black chalk
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Height: 196 millimetres
Width: 170 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Related to the painting by Daniel Mytens which is dated 1626 (reportedly in the collection of the Duke of Grafton); Vorsterman could have worked from an earlier version of this portrait. (information from Simon Turner)
Probably the drawing which was engraved by Captain William Baillie in 1785, when it was in the collection of Ralph Willett.
Literature: O. ter Kuile, 'Daniel Mijtens', in Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 20 (1969), pp.50-51, no.11; O. Millar, 'The Age of Charles I: Painting in England 1620-1649', exh.cat. Tate Gallery, London, 1972, cat.no.22; L. Stainton and C. White, 'Drawing in England from Hilliard to Hogarth', exh.cat. The British Museum, London, 1987, cat.no.39.
Stainton & White 1987
Although executed in the year the artist came to England, this drawing is more likely to be a copy from an existing portrait than an 'ad vivum' study. The finished style of the sheet suggests that it was intended as a preparatory study for an engraving, although no print is known to exist. Hymans describes a very rare small oval engraving (45 x 36 mm), which, on the basis of the inscription in pen and ink on the impression in Paris, he accepts as by Vorsterman, and suggests that the British Museum drawing provided the point of departure for it. In 1785 William Baillie engraved what was probably this drawing as by Van Dyck, while it was in the collection of Ralph Willett.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987 Jun-Aug, BM, 'Hilliard to Hogarth'
1987 Sep-Nov, New Haven, 'Hilliard to Hogarth'
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