Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel and Surrey (1585 - 1646), became Earl Marshal of England in 1621. He was one of the first and most famous of English connoisseurs. Here he wears the Lesser George hung from a blue ribbon, one of the insignia of the Order of the Garter.

The portrait was painted during Rubens's stay in England in 1629-30.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1577 - 1640
Full title
Portrait of Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel
Date made
1629-30
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
67 x 54 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Rosalind, Countess of Carlisle, 1914
Inventory number
NG2968
Location in Gallery