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Past Exhibition

Portrait Study of James Stuart, Duke of Lennox and Richmond, Standing

black chalk drawing of man standing with lace collar, holding cloak over arm

Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)
Portrait Study of James Stuart, Duke of Lennox and Richmond, Standing, ca. 1633
Black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on light brown paper
18 7/8 × 11 in. (47.9 × 28 cm)
The British Museum, London

A prominent nobleman under Charles I, James Stuart is seen in this drawing and the related painting wearing the attire and insignia of the Order of the Garter, with which he had been invested in 1633. Although the costume and face are specific enough to suggest that the drawing was made with Stuart himself sitting, it mainly served as a study of his pose and costume. For the head, Van Dyck would probably have made a more detailed oil sketch, possibly on the canvas intended for the finished painting.