Robert Rich (1587–1658), Second Earl of Warwick

Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)

ca. 1632–35
Oil on canvas
81 7/8 x 50 3/8 in. (208 x 128 cm), with added strip of 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm) at top
Credit Line:
The Jules Bache Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
  • Gallery Label

    A Puritan sailor of fortune, the first earl of Warwick set up companies in Virginia and the Caribbean, helped colonize Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and seized Spanish ships on behalf of the Duke of Savoy and Charles I. The latter’s policies made Warwick side with Parliament as commander of the navy (from 1642). Despite allusions to his maritime adventures in the armor and ships, Warwick wears the everyday dress of an aristocrat and the witty smile for which he was known.

  • Catalogue Entry


  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed (lower left): Robert Rich 2[nd] Earle / Warwick Uncle [to] Lady Mary / Countess Breadalbane.

  • Provenance

    John Campbell, 4th Earl and 1st Marquess of Breadalbane, Taymouth Castle, Aberfeldy, Perthshire (by 1828–d. 1834); his son, John Campbell, 2nd Marquess and 5th Earl of Breadalbane, Taymouth Castle (1834–d. 1862); his sister, Lady Elizabeth Pringle (1862–d. 1878); her daughter, the Hon. Mrs. Robert Baillie-Hamilton, Langton, Duns, near Berwick, Scotland (1878–d. 1912); her sister, Magdalen, Lady Bateson Harvey (1912–d. 1913); the great-nephew by marriage of Sir Robert Bateson Harvey, the Hon. Thomas George Breadalbane Morgan-Grenville-Gavin, Langton, Duns (1913–25; sale, Christie's, London, July 6, 1917, no. 68, for £6,300, bought in by Holland); [Duveen, London and New York, 1925; sold for $275,000 to Bache]; Jules S. Bache, New York (1925–d. 1944; his estate, 1944–49; cats., 1929, unnumbered; 1937, no. 27; 1943, no. 26)

  • Exhibition History

    London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Winter Exhibition," 1877, no. 209 (as "Portrait of Charles Rich, Earl of Warwick," lent by Lady Elizabeth Pringle).

    London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Winter Exhibition," January–March 1893, no. 126 (as "Portrait of Charles Rich, Earl of Warwick," lent by the Hon. Mrs. Baillie Hamilton).

    Detroit Institute of Arts. "The Second Loan Exhibition of Old Masters: British Paintings of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries," January 18–31, 1926, no. 50 (lent by Mr. Jules S. Bache, New York).

    Detroit Institute of Arts. "Eighth Loan Exhibition of Old Masters, Paintings by Anthony van Dyck," April 3–20, 1929, no. 41 (lent by Jules S. Bache).

    New York. World's Fair. "Masterpieces of Art: European Paintings and Sculpture from 1300–1800," May–October 1939, no. 106 (lent by the Jules S. Bache Collection).

    London. Tate Gallery. "The Age of Charles I: Painting in England, 1620–1649," November 15, 1972–January 14, 1973, no. 99.

    Washington. National Gallery of Art. "Anthony van Dyck," November 11, 1990–February 24, 1991, no. 68.

    Antwerp. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten. "Van Dyck 1599–1641," May 15–August 15, 1999, no. 72.

    London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Van Dyck 1599–1641," September 11–December 10, 1999, no. 72.

    London. Tate Britain. "Van Dyck & Britain," February 18–May 17, 2009, no. 35.

  • References

    Horace Walpole. Anecdotes of Painting in England. London, 1828, vol. 2, p. 221, as at Taymouth Castle.

    Percy Rendell Head. Van Dyck. London, 1879, p. 80, identifies the sitter as Charles Rich.

    Lionel Cust. Anthony van Dyck, An Historical Study of His Life and Works. London, 1900, p. 285.

    Wilhelm R. Valentiner in The Second Loan Exhibition of Old Masters: British Paintings of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1926, unpaginated.

    Édouard Brandus. "La collection des tableaux anciens de M. Jules S. Bache, à New-York." La Renaissance 11 (May 1928), pp. 194–96, ill. p. 187.

    A Catalogue of Paintings in the Collection of Jules S. Bache. New York, 1929, unpaginated, ill.

    Walter Heil. "The Jules Bache Collection." Art News 27 (April 27, 1929), p. 4, ill. p. 32, dates it about 1635.

    Esther Singleton. Old World Masters in New World Collections. New York, 1929, pp. 187–91, ill.

    Wilhelm R. Valentiner. A Loan Exhibition of Fifty Paintings by Van Dyck. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1929, unpaginated, no. 41, ill., dates it 1632–33.

    Royal Cortissoz. "The Jules S. Bache Collection." American Magazine of Art 21 (May 1930), p. 258.

    Gustav Glück. Van Dyck, des Meisters Gemälde. 2nd ed. [1st ed. 1909]. Stuttgart, 1931, pp. XLIV, 562, ill. p. 395.

    A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. under revision. New York, 1937, unpaginated, no. 27, ill.

    Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America. New York, 1941, unpaginated, no. 188, ill., dates it about 1632–35.

    Regina Shoolman and Charles E. Slatkin. The Enjoyment of Art in America. Philadelphia, 1942, p. 403, pl. 376.

    A Catalogue of Paintings in the Bache Collection. rev. ed. New York, 1943, unpaginated, no. 26, ill.

    Walter Heil. "The Bache Paintings at the Metropolitan." Art News 42 (June–July 1943), pp. 20, 22–24, ill., dates it during Van Dyck's last stay in England, toward 1635.

    Harry B. Wehle. "The Bache Collection on Loan." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1 (June 1943), p. 288.

    Albert C. Bates. "The Earl of Warwick." Wadsworth Atheneum News Bulletin, n.s., 2 (February 1944), unpaginated, as a version of the painting in Hartford.

    Margaret Breuning. "Metropolitan Re-Installs Its Treasures in Attractive Settings." Art Digest 18 (June 1, 1944), p. 6.

    An American Correspondent. "English Portraits in the Jules Bache Collection." Connoisseur 113 (March 1944), pp. 51–52, ill.

    Leo van Puyvelde. "Van Dyck's Style during his English Period (II)." Phoebus 1, nos. 3/4 (1946), p. 145.

    Millia Davenport. The Book of Costume. New York, 1948, vol. 2, p. 574, no. 1510, ill. p. 575 (cropped).

    Leo van Puyvelde. Van Dyck. Brussels, 1950, pp. 74, 89, 169.

    Margaret Whinney and Oliver Millar. English Art, 1625-1714. Oxford, 1957, p. 71, pl. 15.

    David Piper. Van Dyck. New York, 1968, ill. on cover (color detail) and colorpl. 26.

    Oliver Millar. The Age of Charles I: Painting in England, 1620–1649. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. London, 1972, pp. 71–72, no. 99, ill.

    Joseph Burke. English Art 1714–1800. Oxford, 1976, p. 204.

    V. Denis. La peinture flamande 15e–16e–17e siècles. Brussels, 1976, fig. 58.

    "The Netherlands and the German-speaking Countries: Fifteenth–Nineteenth Centuries." Wadsworth Atheneum Paintings. Catalogue 1, Hartford, 1978, pp. 133–34, under no. 43.

    Erik Larsen. L'opera completa di Van Dyck. Milan, 1980, vol. 2, p. 122, no. 910, ill. p. 121, dates it about 1637–38.

    Edgar Peters Bowron. Pompeo Batoni (1708–87) and His British Patrons. Exh. cat., Iveagh Bequest, Kenwood. London, 1982, p. 12.

    Christopher Brown. Van Dyck. Ithaca, N.Y., 1982, pp. 203, 206, pl. 209.

    Oliver Millar. Van Dyck in England. Exh. cat., National Portrait Gallery. London, 1982, p. 24, fig. 22.

    Walter A. Liedtke. Flemish Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, vol. 1, pp. 72–74; vol. 2, pl. 30, finds the composition most consistent with Van Dyck's portraits of about 1632–35; doubts Millar's suggestion [see Ref. 1972] that the background alludes to Warwick's attempted attack on the Brazilian fleet in 1627, as it is unlikely he would have wanted to commemorate a failed mission in which he was nearly captured.

    Walter A. Liedtke. "Flemish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum—II: Van Dyck, Jordaens, Brouwer, and Others." Tableau 6 (February 15, 1984), pp. 29, 31.

    Walter A. Liedtke. "Anthony van Dyck." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 42 (Winter 1984/85), pp. 6, 24, 37–38, 41–42, figs. 2, 38, 40 (color, overall and details).

    Aileen Ribeiro Courtauld Institute of Art, London. The Dress Worn At Masquerades in England, 1730 to 1790, and Its Relation to Fancy Dress in Portraiture. New York, 1984, p. 207.

    Colin Simpson. Artful Partners: Bernard Berenson and Joseph Duveen. New York, 1986, pp. 204–5, 298 [British ed., "The Partnership: The Secret Association of Bernard Berenson and Joseph Duveen," London, 1987].

    Erik Larsen. The Paintings of Anthony van Dyck. Freren, Germany, 1988, vol. 1, pp. 321, 398 n. 541, fig. 327; vol. 2, p. 402, no. 1028.

    Jean L. Druesedow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1989–1990." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 48 (Fall 1990), p. 56.

    Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. in Anthony van Dyck. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1990, pp. 266–68, no. 68, ill. (color), dates it 1634.

    Michael Jaffé. "Washington: Van Dyck at the National Gallery of Art." Burlington Magazine 133 (February 1991), pp. 142, 144.

    Introduction by Walter A. Liedtke in Flemish Paintings in America: A Survey of Early Netherlandish and Flemish Paintings in the Public Collections of North America. Antwerp, 1992, pp. 26, 331, no. 208, ill.

    David Piper. The English Face. [rev., enl. ed.]. London, 1992, p. 75, pl. 73.

    Alfred Moir. Anthony van Dyck. New York, 1994, pp. 35, 41, 112–13, colorpl. 33.

    Arline Meyer. "Re-dressing Classical Statuary: The Eighteenth-Century 'Hand-in-Waistcoat' Portrait." Art Bulletin 77 (March 1995), p. 53, fig. 15.

    David Howarth. Images of Rule: Art and Politics in the English Renaissance, 1485–1649. Berkeley, 1997, pp. 230–32, ill.

    Judy Egerton in Christopher Brown and Hans Vlieghe. Van Dyck 1599–1641. Exh. cat., Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp. London, 1999, pp. 260–61, no. 72, ill. (color), dates it about 1634.

    Malcolm Rogers in Christopher Brown and Hans Vlieghe. Van Dyck 1599–1641. Exh. cat., Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp. London, 1999, p. 89.

    Jeremy Wood. "Van Dyck: A Catholic Artist in Protestant England, and the Notes on Painting Compiled by Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford." Van Dyck 1599–1999: Conjectures and Refutations. Turnhout, Belgium, 2001, p. 180, fig. 13.

    Wayne Franits. Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting: Its Stylistic and Thematic Evolution. New Haven, 2004, p. 41, fig. 31, dates it about 1632–35, and erroneously calls the sitter Richard Rich.

    Edgar Peters Bowron and Peter Björn Kerber. Pompeo Batoni: Prince of Painters in Eighteenth-Century Rome. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New Haven, 2007, pp. 55, 188 n. 100, refers to Batoni's full-length portrait of Thomas William Coke, later 1st Earl of Leicester (Earl of Leicester and the Trustees of the Holkham Estate, Norfolk), as an "ardent emulation" of portraits by Van Dyck such as this one.

    Richard Ormond in Rule Britannia! Art, Royalty & Power in the Age of Jamestown. Exh. cat., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, 2007, p. 15, fig. 5 (color).

    Tim Batchelor in Van Dyck & Britain. Exh. cat., Tate Britain. London, 2009, pp. 85, 94–95, 124, 167, 242, no. 35, ill. (color), dates it about 1633.

    Susan North in Van Dyck & Britain. Exh. cat., Tate Britain. London, 2009, pp. 126–27.

    Kevin Sharpe in Van Dyck & Britain. Exh. cat., Tate Britain. London, 2009, p. 22.

    Susan Sloman in Van Dyck & Britain. Exh. cat., Tate Britain. London, 2009, p. 226.

  • Notes

    Colonizer, revolutionary, and privateer, Warwick succeeded to his father's title in 1619. After attending Cambridge University in 1603, and serving as M.P. for Malden in 1610 and 1614, he became a sailor of fortune, establishing companies in Virginia and in the West Indies. He helped to colonize Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, and was commissioned in 1616 by the Duke of Savoy to sail to the East Indies as a privateer. In 1627 he was commissioned by Charles I to pillage Spanish ships, but failed to intercept the Brazilian fleet. From 1642 Warwick served as commander of the navy for Parliament, and during the 1640s he also served as head of a commission appointed by Parliament to govern the New England colonies. Despite his zealous support of Parliament he could not approve the abolition of the monarchy, and consequently was relieved of public service during the Commonwealth.

    The picture is difficult to date on the basis of style or the sitter's age. The composition appears most consistent with Van Dyck's portraits of 1632 to 1635. Warwick's service at sea is indicated by the armor and commander's baton at his feet, and by the naval battle in the background, which probably alludes to Warwick's maritime adventures in general.

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