The traditional identification of the sitters, Lords John and Bernard Stuart, as sons of Esmé Stuart, 3rd Duke of Lennox, made from the inscription, is incorrect. The original Van Dyck double portrait of the brothers 'Lord John and Bernard Stuart' is also in the Collection, and is perhaps the model for this work.

This work is painted in a manner reminiscent of Van Dyck's style in the late 1630s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1599 - 1641
Full title
Portraits of Two Young Englishmen
Date made
about 1635-40
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
193.7 x 126 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1922
Inventory number
NG3605
Location in Gallery