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Portrait of King Charles I (1600 - 49) 1630s

Studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)

Portrait of King Charles I (1600 - 49), Studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck
Oil on canvas
17th Century
49 x 38 inches 121.9 x 96.5 cm
Brympton d'Evercy, Somerset By family descent to Charles Clive-Ponsonby-Fane
David Piper, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, Cambridge 1963, pp.62-3 Oliver Millar, Tudor, Stuart and Jacobean Pictures in the Royal Collection, London 1963, pp.92-3 Erik Larsen, The Paintings o
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This fine portrait of Charles I relates directly to one executed between 1635-7 by Van Dyck, when working under Royal patronage in England. The original is said to have been destroyed in the Whitehall fire of 1697. A version of it in Dresden bears the date 1632 and it has been suggested, although it is not certain that this one was the painting listed in Van Dyck's memorandum of c.1638, which records a portrait of Le Roy vestu de noir, which was forwarded to the Prince of Palatine. A number of good quality replicas of this portrait exist, including this one from Brympton d'Evercy and those in the National Portrait Gallery London and other English private collections.

Brympton d'Evercy is the supreme example of a quintessentially English country house. Its architecture, history and superlative scenic setting make it undoubtedly one of the finest and most interesting manor houses in this country. The land that comprises the estate was originally purchased by the d'Evercy family in the thirteenth century before it was bought by John Stourton as a dowry for his daughter in the fifteenth century who married into the Sydenham family. They carried out an extensive building programme, a feature of which is the recurrence of sculpted Royal Coats of Arms. The Tudor west front, for example is emblazoned with the coat arms of Henry VIII. This use of heraldry serves to emphasise the ties of the Sydenham family with the Blood Royal which they inherited through marriage into the Stourton family. This Royal connection was the beginning of the close associations between the owners of Brympton d'Evercy and the monarchy. It is therefore fitting that a portrait of Charles I should be prominent among the many fine ancestral possessions. The house and estate then passed by family descent through the Earls of Westmorland and the Fane family to its most recent owner Charles Clive-Ponsonby-Fane.
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