PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
This rare signed cabinet miniature by Anna Maria Carew is derived from an early engraving after Sir Anthony Van Dyck's The Virgin and Child (see Susan J. Barnes, Nora De Poorter, Oliver Millar and Horst Vey, Van Dyck A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, 2004, p. 254, fig. III. 12).
When King Charles II returned to the throne in 1660 he followed the example of his grandfather and father, James I and Charles I, in commissioning cabinet miniatures. On 8th February 1662 Anna Maria Carew was granted a pension of £100 for 'copying the king's pictures in miniature'; ten days later this figure was increased to £200. Although the Van Dyck from which the present work is based on was never in the Royal collection, this miniature is still representative of the tradition of royal cabinet miniatures.
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