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Adam-François van der Meulen, Philippe François d'Arenberg meeting Troops

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Full title Philippe-François d'Arenberg saluted by the Leader of a Troop of Horsemen
Artist Adam-François van der Meulen
Artist dates 1632 - 1690
Date made 1662
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 58.5 × 81 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1895
Inventory number NG1447
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Philippe François d'Arenberg meeting Troops
Adam-François van der Meulen

The leader of a troop of horsemen lowers his hat to salute Philippe-François, 1st Duke of Arenberg and Duke of Arschot and Croy, who doffs his own feathered hat in response. Arenberg was an important figure at the court of Brussels: he served in the army of the Southern Netherlands, where he distinguished himself at the Siege of Arras in 1654, and was subsequently made captain general of the Flemish fleet in 1660 and governor of Hainault in 1663.

The Duke’s wealth and status is emphasised by his mode of travel: a coach pulled by six matching grey horses, all decorated in gold studs and tassels. The presence of weary-looking dogs and their handler suggests that a hunt has just taken place, and that this beautiful and expansive landscape is the Duke’s own estate.

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