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Title Portrait of Charles I and Family
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Leemput, Remee van (Flemish artist, 1607-1675)
Previously attributed to Dyck, Anthony van (Flemish painter, 1599-1641, active in England)
Date Earliest about 1643
Date Latest about 1643
Description A faithful copy of Van Dyck's Charles I and Family in the Royal Collection (1632). Leemput was a Flemish painter who came to England with Van Dyck to assist in his studio. His skill in copying his master's work was notorious. This work was painted for the Earl of Pembroke on the request of Charles I.
Current Accession Number 1970P264
Former Accession Number P.26470
Subject portrait (Charles I and family)
Measurements 288.0 x 228.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Sir Theophilus Biddulph 1969.
Provenance Commissioned by Charles I, paid 50 by Philip, Earl of Pembroke from public money, 1647; Emanuel de Critz; Thomas Streater (Leemput's son-in-law); by descent to Robert Streater the younger; Henry Ireton for Royal Hospital, Chelsea by 1699 until at least 1908.
Publications Cust, L., 'Notes on Paintings in the Royal Collections. XI The Great Piece by Sir Anthony Van Dyck I', Burlington Magazine, vol. 12, no. 58, 1908, pp. 235 - 237; Cust, L., 'Notes on Paintings in the Royal Collections. XI The Great Piece by Sir Anthony Van Dyck II', Burlington Magazine, vol. 12, no. 59, 1908, pp. 282 - 289; Cust, L., 'Notes on Paintings in the Royal Collections XVI', Burlington Magazine, vol. 17, no. 87, 1910, pp. 159-160; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983.
Notes An old label attached to the picture identifies the smaller child as the future James II. A copy of the picture in the Royal Collection, dated 1632. Oliver Millar, in a letter to the Gallery archive, suggests attribution of this picture to Leemput, who was commissioned to make such a full-size copy after Van Dyck's original. Another version of Van Dyck's 'Great Piece' is at Bickley Hall, State Bedroom.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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