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King Charles I & Henrietta After Anthony Van Dyck Royal Family Oil Portrait

REF: CLC/069 / LA357607
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I & Henrietta Maria After Sir Anthony Van Dyck I am delighted to be able to offer for sale this stunning large scale late 18th century oil portrait on canvas which was first painted by Van Dyck in 1632 as his first commission following appointment as the Court Painter to Charles I and the work showcased his skilful propaganda. It shows Charles and his Queen, Henrietta Maria of France, with their two eldest children, Prince Charles, later King Charles II, standing before his father and Princess Mary in her mother's arms. In the background we glimpse a silhouetted view of Parliament House, Westminster Hall and possibly the Clock Tower. THE GREATE PEECE The painting was known as The Greate Peece at the time and Charles hung it prominently in the Palace at Whitehall. What sets the picture apart from other paintings of the period is the apparently effortless way in which Van Dyck seemed able to combine the formal demands of official state portraiture with the informalities of family domesticity. Its size, the acres of shimmering silk and the grand classical column lend the image official gravity. Yet at the same time the King and Queen are seated, Charles has placed his crown on one side and two tiny dogs play between the royal couple. The composition is in essence, a royal conversation piece of a kind that was to be perfected by Johann Zoffany in the mid-18th century. The influences that are at work in such a painting reveal the true level of Van Dyck as an artist. Only Rubens and Velazquez treated royal sitters with such apparent nonchalance and insight, while the warm colours and dramatic sky bespeak a profound knowledge of Titian. It is interesting to note that the condition of the painting gave cause for concern as early as 1676 because Van Dyck had applied an unusual priming to the canvas. The painting appears in Pyne's illustrated 'Royal Residences', hanging in the Queen's Presence Chamber at Windsor Castle. Painted for Charles I. Sold after the King's execution but recovered at the Restoration. The piece we’re looking at here, however, comes from rather closer to home, having been among the paintings restored to the Royal collection. Charles I, who had rickets as a child, appears to have overcome his physical infirmity. He is depicted in this painting as having natural dynastic charm and regal power. Framed in front of a monumental column (a technique Van Dyck borrowed directly from Titian), his position as monarch is strengthened. Henrietta Maria looks at him lovingly as he confronts us with a steady gaze. Parliament is silhouetted in the background, reinforcing the idea of his power over Westminster. The crown, orb and sceptre by his heir’s head emphasise the dynasty, but there remains an informal tenderness to the portrait — in, for example, the way the son touches his father’s knee. Tiny dogs scamper at their feet. The piece has the dual function of being both an official state portrait and a royal conversation piece. Art for Charles I was a means of gaining regal publicity. In the sheer breadth of his tastes and the exceptional quality of the pictures in this exhibition, there is a pervading, tangible recognition that it was also, ultimately, his passion. Condition: In excellent condition the painting and frame having been beautifully cleaned in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation. CONDITION Very Good Order after careful cleaning and restoration, re-leafing of frame FRAME Set within the original swept decorative gilt frame FRAMED MEASUREMENTS Height: 48 Inches ( 122 cm ) Width : 42 Inches ( 106 cm ) DELIVERY UK : By Fine Art Courier ( Allow 7 Days ) £175 WORLDWIDE : Europe ( Allow 7 Days ) £375 USA & Asia (Allow 7-10 Days ) £475 PAYMENT METHOD Payment Preferred By Bankers Transfer TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES : 07765 856171 Quote Stock Ref : CLC/069

measurements

Height:
48 in
Width:
42 in
Depth:
2 in

declaration

Mansion House Antiques & Fine Art has clarified that the King Charles I & Henrietta After Anthony Van Dyck Royal Family Oil Portrait (LA357607) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1780-1800

condition

Very Good Restored Order

additional info

Origin:
European
Artisan:
-
Date of Manufacture:
1780-1800

delivery

UK £175 / Europe £375 / USA & Asia £475

location

This King Charles I & Henrietta After Anthony Van Dyck Royal Family Oil Portrait is located in Leicestershire, United Kingdom

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