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Sir Anthony Van Dyck, 1599–1641 and studio

Katherine, Countess of Chesterfield, and Lucy, Countess of Huntingdon

1636 to 1640
Oil on canvas
51 1/4 x 59 1/4 inches (130.2 x 150.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
chair | conversation piece | dress | English Civil War (1642-1649) | foliage | hair | lace | landscape | leaning | lute | musical instrument | pearl | portrait | rocks (landforms) | seated | women
Associated People:
Stanhope [née Wotton; other married name van der Kerckhove], Katherine, suo jure countess of Chesterfield, and Lady Stanhope (bap. 1609, d. 1667), courtier
Hastings, Lucy [née Davies], countess of Huntingdon (1613–1679), noblewoman
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

The Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyck settled in England in 1633 as Principal Painter in Ordinary to Charles I and was honored quickly with a knighthood. He ran a busy studio in order to produce the vast quantity of portraits demanded by English patrons, who were eager to see themselves represented with a new elegance and refinement. In this double portrait of Lady Chesterfield (standing) and Lady Huntington (seated), the handling of the paint and the sumptuous coloring evoke the manner of Titian (ca. 1488–1576), the great Venetian painter whose work was highly prized by English connoisseurs. Although the lute symbolizes harmony between the two sitters, circumstances soon conspired to produce discord. The sitters’ husbands backed opposing sides in the English Civil War (1642–51): Philip, first Earl of Chesterfield (1583/84–1656), supporting the king; Ferdinando, sixth Earl of Huntington (1608–1655), siding with Parliament.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Connections (Yale Center for British Art, 2011-05-26 - 2011-09-11) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Susan J. Barnes, Van Dyck, a complete catalogue of the paintings , The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2004, pp. 488-489, Cat.No. IV.74, IV.74., NJ18 D985 A12 B27 2004 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 90-91, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Erik Larsen, The paintings of Anthony Van Dyck, Luca Verlafg, Freren [Germany), 1988, v. 2, , p.481, cat. no. A206, A206, NJ18 D985 L38 1988 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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