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Title James Stuart (1612-1655), 4th Duke of Lennox
Collection Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Artist after Dyck, Anthony van (Flemish painter, 1599-1641, active in England) Flemish school
Date Earliest about 1634
Date Latest about 1635
Description A head and shoulders view, the Duke is turned half to the left. He wears a slashed black doublet and white falling lace collar. James Stuart was a loyal supporter of his cousin Charles I. In 1633 Stuart was installed as Knight of the Garter and the Order's insignia are conspicuously displayed in this painting - the silver star on the mantle and the red and gold Jewel, or lesser George, on the green ribbon. He was made first Duke of Richmond by Charles I in 1641.
Current Accession Number B/1/45
Subject portrait (James Stuart, Duke of Lennox)
Measurements 74.0 x 61.0 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Lady Barber 1933.
Notes This portrait is in type nearest to the full-length picture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, painted by Van Dyck around 1634-35 (inv. no. 89.15.16). According to the Museum's website, it has been suggested plausibly that Van Dyck painted this canvas in London just before or after his stay in the Netherlands (early 1634 to early 1635) in order to celebrate Stuart's investiture into the Order of the Garter in November 1633.
Rights Owner The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Author Dr Nicola Gauld/Barber Institute
 

 

 

 

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