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Title Alexander Henderson (1583? - 1646)
Collection University of Edinburgh Fine Art Collection
Artist After Dyck, Anthony van (Flemish painter, 1599-1641, active in England)
Date Earliest 1641
Date Latest 1696
Description Alexander Henderson was one of the most important figures in the Church of Scotland in the early seventeenth century. He was one of the authors of the National Covenant, a document which pledged to maintain the 'true reformed religion' against the policies of Charles I. This portrait is taken from van Dyck's painting in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (PG2227).
Current Accession Number EU 213
Subject portrait (Alexander Henderson)
Measurements 60 x 51 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given to the University of Edinburgh by Provost Prince's Lady 1689 (or by Sir Robert Sibbald a few years later).
Principal Exhibitions An Exhibition to mark the Quatercentenary of the University of Edinburgh, Talbot Rice Art Centre, The University of Edinburgh, 1983.
Publications Talbot Rice, D. (ed.), The University Portraits, Edinburgh, 1957, no. 59.
Notes The prime version of this portrait is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (PG2227). University Portraits (Talbot Rice, 1957) mentions a three quarter version of this painting at Duff House, Banffshire. This work was part of an 'extensive presentation [...] made in 1689 by the wife of Provost Prince (Sir Magnus Prince), §for the ornamentation of the library§ [...] Soon after, nine other portraits were presented by Sir Robert Sibbald, botanist and physician (1641 - 1722).' (Talbot Rice, D. (ed.), The University Portraits, Edinburgh University Press, 1957, p. 11).
Rights Owner University of Edinburgh Fine Art Collection
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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