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Title William Knollys, 1st Earl of Banbury (1547-1632)
Collection English Heritage (Kenwood House)
Artist Mytens, Daniel, I (Dutch painter, ca.1590-before 1648)
Date Earliest about 1615
Date Latest about 1620
Description The portrait painter Daniel Mytens (about 1590 - about 1648) was born and trained in Holland. He came to England before 1618 and together with Cornelius Johnson was an important catalyst for the development of portraiture in England before Van Dyck's arrival in 1632. An efficient draughtsman he established a successful practice in full-length portraits. He entered royal service in 1624 and was appointed 'one of our picture drawers' by Charles I in 1625, attracting a life pension. He retired to Holland soon after 1632. William Knollys was the second son of Sir Francis Knollys, first cousin of Queen Elizabeth I (reigned 1558 to 1603) and one of her trusted advisors. William, also favoured by her successor, King James I, was created a Knight of the Garter in 1615 for 'services to the State'. In this portrait Knollys is shown wearing this recently received decoration which may have prompted the commission of this portrait. Myten's has painted him in brilliant red and white robes against a dark background, his stance reflects confident reassurance while his countenance conveys a humorous, shrewd personality. While his robes are painted in a crisp polished style, the head is executed with a much looser spontaneous technique, which contrasts notably with the treatment of the hands.
Current Accession Number 88019165
Former Accession Number 15; 386
Inscription front ul 'William Knollys, Earl of Banbury'
Subject portrait (William Knollys, 1st Earl of Banbury)
Measurements 205.0 x 127 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given to the Nation by the Honourable Mrs Grenville Howard on the request of her mother-in-law Margaret Hyde, 19th Countess of Suffolk 1974.
Provenance Suffolk collection, first recorded at Charlton Park 1834.
Publications Howard of Corby, H., Indications of Memorials, Monuments, Paintings and Engravings of Persons of the Howard Family, 1934, p. 54 (as Mytens); Country Life, 1933, pp. 390, 392 ill. ( as Mytens about 1618); Jacob, J., The Suffolk Collection: Catalogue of Paintings, London, 1974, no. 15.
Rights Owner English Heritage Photo Library
Author Francesco Nevola
 

 

 

 

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