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Past Exhibition

Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, Turned to the Right

black chalk portrait sketch of man with beard

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, Turned to the Right, ca. 1635–36
Black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on blue paper
9 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (24.2 × 21.6 cm)
The British Museum, London

Despite its smaller size, simpler format, and the lack of finish in the costume, this head study of Lord Arundel is as unforgettable in conveying the strong personality and lively intelligence of its sitter as the larger drawing here. In both sheets, Arundel wears the insignia of the Order of the Garter on a ribbon.