Wenceslaus Hollar (Artist) Anthony van Dyck (After)

Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel

Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel by Wenceslaus Hollar, Anthony van Dyck

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Thomas Howard, fourteenth Earl of Arundel, was one of the greatest art collectors of his day and his vast collection rivalled that of the king himself. The earl had travelled in Italy in his youth and developed an enduring interest in art and antiquities – an early example of what later became known as the ‘Grand Tour’. His agents in Italy and the Middle East went to great lengths to obtain new objects for him, though delivery was fraught with risk and one shipload of ancient sculptures was lost at sea. Perhaps the earl’s greatest acquisition was the artist himself, for without Arundel’s patronage it is questionable whether Hollar would now hold such a distinguished place in the history of art.

Title
Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel
Artist/creator
Production date
1639
Medium
etching
Dimensions
227 x 190 mm
Inscription
Honi Soyt Qui Mal Y Pense - Virtutis Laus Actio. Illustrissimus .... Dominus Thomas Howard .... Comes Arundeliae. et Surriae .... Militiae Dux etc. Hanc Excellentiae Suae Effigiem,. AB Int Van Dyk, Equi. Aur. AD Uiuum Depictam Wenceslams. Verso; Collectors stamp (square) WSA P1351 (l.c.) (pencil0 IJ 1999. No. 93. S.2 (l. l to r).. Hollarus Bohemus Euisdem Comitis Coelator Aqua forti Aeri insculpsit,. A. 1639, Londini. Cum Privil.Sacrae Reg. Mai. (lower margin l. to r.). A decorative panel with volutes (not, it seems, a coat-of-arms), topped with a coronet; difficult to discern.. Stamped verso centre, oblong with 'W.S.A.' and, inscribed, ink, 'P1351' [Parthey 1351]. Owner's mark of Walter S. Auburn; see photograph..
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/3/200
Other ID
1351 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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