• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 5860

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

    11 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 59

    After Sir Anthony Van Dyck

    Equestrian portrait of King Charles I, full-length, in armour on a dun horse, a baton in his right hand, wearing the Order of the Garter

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    After Sir Anthony Van Dyck
    Equestrian portrait of King Charles I, full-length, in armour on a dun horse, a baton in his right hand, wearing the Order of the Garter
    oil on canvas
    36½ x 27 in. (92.7 x 68.6 cm.)


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    The prototype for this picture was painted in c. 1637, shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War which led to the King's execution in 1649, and hung in the Prince's Gallery at Hampton Court (National Gallery, London) (see S.J. Barnes, N. de Poorter, O. Millar and H. Vey, Van Dyck - A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, New Haven and London, 2004, pp. 468-71, no. IV.51). The design is a reinterpretation by Van Dyck of Titian's equestrian portrait of Charles V in the Prado, which also inspired Rubens' portraits of Philip IV and the Cardinal-Infant Ferdinand (Prado, Madrid). The prime version by Van Dyck was one of the many works sold in the Charles I sale (21 June 1650) and taken abroad. It was acquired by Sir Balthasar Gerbier and later owned by Gisbert van Ceulen, who sold it to Duke Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, in 1698. It was then looted by the Emperor Joseph I from Munich and given by him to 1st Duke of Marlborough in November 1706. The picture was then by descent until it was sold by 8th Duke of Marlborough to the National Gallery in 1885.

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