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Creator:
Sir Peter Lely, 1618–1680, Dutch, active in England (from 1643)
Title:

Edward Montagu, first Earl of Sandwich

Former Title(s):

Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich

Date:
1660 to 1665
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
87 7/8 x 51 1/2 inches (223.2 x 130.8 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in ocher-color paint, lower right: "Edward [?] E, of Sandwich."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1980.25.1
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
breeches | cloak | costume | costume | doublet | earl | feathers | interior | Knight of the Garter | man | portrait | sword | tassel | vest
Associated People:
Montagu [Mountagu], Edward, first earl of Sandwich (1625–1672), army and naval officer and diplomat
Access:
On view in the galleries
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:507
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Edward Montagu, first Earl of Sandwich (1625–72), was a military officer and politician. After serving under Oliver Cromwell during the Commonwealth period, he was instrumental in bringing about the Restoration of the monarchy following Cromwell’s death. Under Charles II, he served as ambassador to Portugal as well as Spain, and he rose in the ranks of the Royal Navy to become admiral. Sandwich played a crucial role in the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars (1665–67 and 1672–74, respectively) but perished at the Battle of Solebay in Suffolk, on England’s east coast, when his ship, HMS Royal James, was destroyed. Sandwich’s body was recovered in the aftermath, having washed ashore; it was only identifiable from the scorched clothing, which still bore the shield of the Order of the Garter that appears on his shoulder in this portrait.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

" Pearls to Pyramids " - Britain and the " Orient " 1600-1820 (Yale Center for British Art, 2008-02-07 - 2008-04-28) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, p. 16, no. 36, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 146-147, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Pearls to pyramids : British visual culture and the Levant, 1600-1830 [wall labels], Yale Center for British Art, 2008, pp. 2-3, V 2576 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Pearls to pyramids : British visual culture and the Levant, 1600-1830, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2008, p. 14, V1880 [ORBIS]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 16, no. 36, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

The Portrait Surveyed, British Portraiture (1670-1870) , Thos. Agnew & Sons, London, pp. 31-32, NS1314 P67 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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