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After Anthony van Dyck, 'Portrait of Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick', after 1642

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Full title Portrait of Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick
Artist After Anthony van Dyck
Artist dates 1599 - 1641
Date made after 1642
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 63 × 34.8 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Alfred A. de Pass, 1920
Inventory number NG3537
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick
After Anthony van Dyck

This is a small, grisaille (painted in shades of black, white and grey) copy done by an unknown artist after a portrait by the Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck. It shows Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick (1587–1658), a courtier of King Charles I who opposed many of the King’s political and religious policies. Warwick supported the side of Parliament against the King during the British Civil Wars.

The armour is a simplified version of that shown in Van Dyck’s original painting. It is incomplete: a gauntlet (hard to see in this copy, but clear in the original) lies on the ledge of the plinth, and his helmet is prominently positioned on top. The long baton he holds is a symbol of command, as a Lord Lieutenant and Admiral. His direct gaze, his confident stance against a large plinth and the voluminous curtain all contribute to a sense of monumentality and grandeur.

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