AFTER SIR ANTHONY VAN DYCK
Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (1593-1641), with his secretary Sir Philip Mainwaring (1589-1661)
oil on canvas
52 x 613⁄8 in. (132.2 x 155.8 cm.)
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The Stafford Club, London, on long-term loan from 1976.
Mainwaring became Secretary of State to Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford following the latter’s appointment as Lord Deputy General of Ireland in 1632. Van Dyck's original version, based on Titian's double portrait of ‘Georges d’Armagnac, Bishop of Rodez, with his Secretary Guillaume Philandrier’, was formerly at Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire (O. Millar, in S.J. Barnes, et. al., Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, New Haven and London, 2004, p. 600, no. IV.218). The impressive composition was very popular and a number of versions are known.