STUDIO OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)
STUDIO OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)
STUDIO OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)
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STUDIO OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)

Portrait of Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (1585-1646), full-length, in black, wearing the ribbon of the Garter

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STUDIO OF DANIEL MYTENS THE ELDER (DELFT C. 1590-1647 THE HAGUE)
Portrait of Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel (1585-1646), full-length, in black, wearing the ribbon of the Garter
oil on canvas
86 5⁄8 x 54 1⁄8 in. (220 x 137.4 cm.)
with erroneous identifying inscription 'Hen: Howard Son of the 4.th Thomas / Earle of Arundel Surrey & Norfolk' (lower right)
in a frame of foliate carved and pierced giltwood, applied to an ebonised subframe

Please note that 100% of the hammer proceeds from this auction will be paid to the Sandys Trust, registered charity number: 1168357, with the exception of limited deductions towards sale costs across the auction which cannot be accurately calculated at this time, capped at a total of £10,000.
Provenance
Edwin, 2nd Baron Sandys (1726-1797), Ombersley Court, Worcestershire, by circa 1750-75, and by descent in the family to,
Richard Hill, 7th Baron Sandys (1931-2013), Ombersley Court, Worcestershire.
Literature
Ombersley Court Inventory, c.1750-1775, MS., where listed in the Left Hand Parlour Green Room.
T.R. Nash, Collections for the History of Worcestershire, London, 1781-2, II, p. 223, where listed in the Breakfast parlor.
ONM / 1 / 2 / 7, journal entry for a visit to Ombersley Court, 25 August 1950, Oliver Millar Archive, Paul Mellon Centre, London, p. 19, as 'Daniel Mytens'.
Ombersley Court Inventory, June 1963, annotated Ombersley MS., as 'School of Van Somer', where listed in the Saloon.
O. ter Kuile, 'Daniel Mijtens: "His Majesties Picture-Drawer"', Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, XX, 1969, p. 100, as a repetition of the portrait at Welbeck Abbey.
Ombersley Court Catalogue of Pictures, undated, Ombersley MS., p. 22, as 'Daniel Mytens', where listed in the Saloon.

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Lot Essay

The Earl of Arundel was one of the foremost art collectors and patrons of his time; fundamental in forming the taste of the Stuart royal family, he also launched the careers of artists including Van Dyck and Rubens. A dedicated collector, Arundel travelled extensively to the Low Countries and Italy, and acquired paintings, drawings and sculpture of great renown.

Daniel Mytens was one of the artists to whom Arundel dedicated his patronage. Their relationship started with the artist’s first full-length commissions after he arrived in London around 1617; a pair of portraits of the Earl and his wife, Alethea Talbot, now in the National Portrait Gallery, and on display at Arundel Castle, with the long gallery of Arundel House included prominently behind them. Mytens went on to paint several portraits of the Earl, for whom the artist acted as a buying agent in Holland after his permanent return there in 1634. Oliver Millar called the present work ‘of good quality and a good head’, dating it to after 'circa 1625' (op. cit., p. 19), the year Mytens became court painter to Charles I. It relates most closely to a full-length at Welbeck Abbey, and a bust-length portrait at Boughton House.

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