These two portraits, of a couple who married around twelve years earlier, were designed as a pair. In both, the compositions and finely painted landscapes echo the work of the sixteenth-century Venetian painter Titian. Titian's paintings were admired by the English king Charles I and his court, and greatly influenced van Dyck. Sir William was a courtier to Charles I and later a playwright. He is shown leaning meditatively against the base of a column. A ring, tied by a ribbon to his black satin jacket, may allude romantically to his wife, or denote mourning for a friend or relative.


  • Title: Portrait of Sir William Killigrew
  • Creator: Sir Anthony Van Dyck
  • Date Created: 1638
  • Provenance: Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of tax with additional payment made with assistance from the Art Fund, the Patrons of British Art and Christopher Ondaatje 2002
  • Physical Dimensions: w841 x h1052 mm
  • Original Title: Portrait of Sir William Killigrew
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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