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  • Portrait of Ladies-in-Waiting to Queen Henrietta Maria: Anne Killigrew, Mrs George Kirke and Charlotte, Lady Strange (countess of Derby ?)

    Artist:
    Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    131,5x150,6 cm

Van Dyck, Anthony. 1599-1641

Portrait of Ladies-in-Waiting to Queen Henrietta Maria: Anne Killigrew, Mrs George Kirke and Charlotte, Lady Strange (countess of Derby ?)

Late 1630s

Towards the end of his life the outstanding Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck worked in London at the court of Charles I, mainly producing portraits of the English aristocracy. The Hermitage has a good collection of his works, and this is a superb example from the artist's late period. Anne Dalkieth and Anne Kirke were ladies-in-waiting to Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I. Anne Kirke was the sister of the poets and dramatists Thomas and William Calligrew. Whilst retaining the idealisation usual in a commissioned portrait, van Dyck clearly did not reject the realistic tradition of his national school of portraiture. The static poses typical of state portraits, the rich attire and supplementary details, the landscape and brocade curtain, are all combined with an interest in the individual characterisation of the sitter. The resonant colour scheme is very harmonious, combining soft silvery-white and pale lilac tones with cherry red, black and gold.

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Portrait of Ladies-in-Waiting to Queen Henrietta Maria: Anne Killigrew, Mrs George Kirke and Charlotte, Lady Strange (countess of Derby ?)

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oil

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131,5x150,6 cm

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Entered the Hermitage before 1779; formerly in the collection of Catherine the Great

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ГЭ-540

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