The identification of the sitter, Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick (1587 - 1658), has been confirmed by comparison with engraved portraits of Rich such as that by R. van der Voerst. Rich was a privateer who was created Lord High Admiral in 1642 and eventually fought for the Parliamentarians in the Civil War. Here he is shown in armour and with a baton and sash, symbols of military command. The painting derives from a design (known in several versions) considered to be by Van Dyck.

Key facts

Artist dates
1599 - 1641
Full title
Portrait of Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick
Date made
after 1642
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
63 x 34.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Alfred A. de Pass, 1920
Inventory number
Location in Gallery