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- Object: Generosiss. Henricus Richius Eques Auratus et Custodiae Regis Praefectus
Portrait of Sir Henry Rich, later Earl of Holland, half-length in an oval wearing armour and a ruff. 1622/3
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Height: 200 millimetres
Width: 130 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Text from Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Stuart Britain', BM 1998, cat.24)
Henry Rich is described on the print as a knight and captain of the Royal guard, a position he was given in 1617. In March 1623 he was created Baron Kensington, and in September 1624 Earl of Holland. Since neither title is mentioned here, the engraving must have been made in 1622-3.
Rich was a favourite of James, who on one occasion gave him a gift of £3000. In February 1624 he was sent as Charles's representative to Paris to sound out the possibility of his marrying Henrietta Maria, the sister of Louis XIII, and always remained one of her favourites, being given the nickname 'El Conde' from his dark eyes and glossy black hair. His elder brother was the prominent Puritan seaman Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick. According to Granger, 'his conduct was so various with respect to the King and Parliament that neither party had the least regard for him, if they did not both look upon him as their enemy'. He became a member of the King's council, played a ruinous role in the Scottish campaigns, and ended his life on the scaffold in 1649. A full-length painting of him by Daniel Mytens is in the National Portrait Gallery.
For a touched working counterproof see P.2-240.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996 Apr-Jun, Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Landmarks in Print Collecting
1996 Jul-Sep, LA, Huntington Library and AG, Landmarks in Print Collecting
1996, Oct-Dec, Baltimore, Museum of Arts, Landmarks in Print Collecting
1997 Jan-Apr, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Landmarks in Print Collecting
2017-18 Sept-Jan, BM, G90, The Business of Prints
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