Daniel Mytens the Elder Portrait of James Hamilton, Earl of Arran, Later 3rd Marquis and 1st Duke of Hamilton, Aged 17 1623

Artwork details

Artist
Daniel Mytens the Elder c.1590–c.1647
Title
Portrait of James Hamilton, Earl of Arran, Later 3rd Marquis and 1st Duke of Hamilton, Aged 17
Date 1623
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2007 x 1251 mm
frame: 2275 x 1513 x 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Colin Agnew and Charles Romer Williams 1919
Reference
N03474
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1540

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Mytens was born and trained in the Netherlands. From 1618 he worked in England for the most advanced court patrons. Compared with local artists, he offered a striking naturalism. Hamilton shared an interest in art-collecting with the future Charles I, whom Mytens painted in a similar pose. In 1623, the date of this picture, Hamilton had attended the Prince in Madrid during Charles's unsuccessful attempt to marry a Spanish princess. There they saw portraits by the young Velasquez. Years later, during the Civil War, the royalist Hamilton was to prove a poor military leader. He was beheaded shortly after Charles himself.

May 2007

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