Anthony Van Dyck Studies of a Horse 1633

Anthony Van Dyck
Studies of a Horse 1633
Black chalk with white chalk highlights on blue paper
429 x 366 mm

The British Museum, London

Studies by Van Dyck

Van Dyck is best known as a portrait painter, but he also made studies of the natural world. These included the landscape in loose wash that he may have made in the open air, studies of plants, trees and the human figure, as well as animal studies such as the horse for the equestrian portrait of Charles I or the dog in the portrait of the Duke of Lennox, both displayed in Room 2.

Just as van Dyck drew inspiration for his own work from nature and the Old Masters, so other artists copied him – either directly in engravings that were widely distributed, or indirectly by painting images that echoed van Dyck’s compositions and poses. This created a style of portraiture that would continue to flourish long after van Dyck’s death.

Works in this room

British School 17th century 1600–99
Portrait of Eleanor Evelyn c.1633–5
Oil on canvas 1118 x 838 mm
Private collection, Boston, USA

Anthony van Dyck
Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel c.1635–6
Black chalk with white chalk highlights on grey-green paper 480 x 356 mm
The British Museum, London

Anthony van Dyck
A Study of Trees c.mid-1630s
Pen and brown ink with brown wash and watercolour 195 x 236 mm
The British Museum, London

Anthony van Dyck
Endymion Porter and his Son Philip c.1632–3
Black chalk heightened with white 318 x 242 mm
The British Museum, London

Anthony van Dyck
James Stuart, 4th Duke of Lennox c.1633
Black chalk with white highlights on light brown paper 477 x 280 mm
The British Museum, London

Anthony van Dyck
Two Studies of a Greyhound c.1633
Black chalk with white chalk highlights on light brown paper 470 x 328 mm
The British Museum, London

Anthony van Dyck
A Study of Plants c.mid-1630s
Pen and brown ink with brown wash 213 x 327 mm
The British Museum, London

Anthony van Dyck
Anne Cecil, Countess of Northumberland c.1635
Black chalk heightened with white on greenish-grey paper 351 x 239 mm
The British Museum, London

Anthony van Dyck
Lucy Percy, Countess of Carlisle c.1637
Black chalk heightened with white on greenish-grey paper 498 x 258 mm
The British Museum, London

Anthony van Dyck
Nicholas Lanier c.1628
Black chalk heightened with white, on blue paper 392 x 285 mm
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

Anthony van Dyck
Charles I and the Knights of the Garter in Procession
Oil over silverpoint on panel 292 x 1308 mm
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax from the estate of the 10th Duke of Rutland and allocated to the Ashmolean Museum, 2002

Anthony van Dyck
A Hilly Landscape with Trees and a Distant Tower c.mid-late 1630s
Pen and brown ink with grey wash and blue and green watercolours with some gum arabic 228 x 330 mm
The Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement

Lombart, Pierre
Anne, Countess of Morton c.1661–2
Engraving 347 x 253 mm
The British Museum, London

Peter de Jode after Anthony van Dyck
Henrietta Maria c.1660
Engraving 461 x 330 mm
The British Museum, London