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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.
- Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel
- Production date
- 227 x 190 mm
- 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
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- Other ID
- 1351 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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