After Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Portrait Of Nicholas Lanier

After Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Portrait Of Nicholas Lanier

An early 19th-century portrait of the English composer and musician, Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666), after a work by Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641).

Nicolas Lanier was the court musician and ‘Master of the King’s Music’ for Charles I and Charles II. Along with his talents as a multi-instrumentalist, he was also a singer, lutenist and scenographer.

Van Dyck’s original portrait depicts Lanier standing nonchalantly with his left hand resting on the hilt of his sword. He’s clad in silks with a black cloak contrasting against an impressive red and white shirt. Van Dyck painted him in around 1632 and the original now hangs at the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna.

This particular portrait is a bust-length study and certainly captures the relaxed expression of the composer. 

Oil on canvas
17½” x 14½” / 45cm x 37cm
Year of creation
c. 1800
Provenance Germany

Craquelure throughout and several areas of paint loss. Canvas has been professionally mounted onto another, which has helped to stabilise the paint layer.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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