Past Exhibition

Inigo Jones

black chalk and ink drawing of man looking left wearing buttoned shirt, cloak, cap, and holding paper

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Inigo Jones, 1632–36
Black chalk, pen and brown ink; squared for transfer in black chalk
9 5/8 × 7 7/8 in. (24.4 × 20.1 cm)
The Duke of Devonshire and the Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement, Chatsworth, Derbyshire

Inigo Jones worked as a theatrical designer throughout the reigns of James I and Charles I while also assuming the role of Surveyor of the King’s Works in 1615. The projects he carried out while in this capacity, including the Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace and the piazza at Covent Garden, furthered Jones’s introduction of a Palladian classicism to English architecture. In this drawing, likely not made from life but based by Van Dyck on an earlier portrait, Jones appears behind a parapet, holding a sheet of paper in an allusion to his gifts as a draftsman. The drawing is squared for transfer, and the engraver Robert van Voerst followed it closely in his print for the series known as the Iconographie.