The Life, Correspondence and Collections of Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel
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The life, correspondence & collections of Thomas Howard, earl of Arundel
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About the collection
Collectors bought through ambassadors who worked for more than one patron and their own agents. Paintings were affordable. Cardinal Mazarin jewels and gold were valued at , livres, his paintings , livres. One gift to the king of 18 diamonds was valued at 1,, livres 1 livre was about 1 shilling, a twentieth of a pound. Paintings became valued not for their monetary value but because they support scholarly discussion of antiquity including mythological, metaphorical and allegorical meanings.
Paintings were unique although copies were rife, so they involved connoisseurship, were tradable and were sought after by the kings and princes of Europe. What Made Him Distinctive? Strong artistic support by his wife and large inheritance from her father. A personal commitment in terms of time and money. A network of well managed and competent scholars and agents: Rev. The Life of Thomas Howard , born in relative penury at the parsonage of Finchingfield, family in disgrace.
His father was a recusant Catholic who was charged with high treason although it was never proved. He was imprisoned in the Tower from to his death from dysentery in and never saw his son. Earliest reference to Thomas Howard acquiring a picture a gift to Henry.
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Met Sir Dudley Carlton ambassador in Venice. Met Thomas Coke in Italy. Spent six weeks in a monastery learning Italian first.
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William Petty entered his household as tutor, was trained by Arundel and Jones, sent to Italy in but did not start buying until sent to Constantinople in Started his collection of drawings with Parmigianino, Scamozzi and Palladio. It was certainly finished by when Joachim von Sandrart visited. Van Dyck left in February not returning until Put in the Tower by Charles between March and June because his son had secretly married a kinswoman of Charles without permission. Arundel published one of the first books on a single collection Marmora Arundeliana by John Selden. In he planned a similar book on his paintings illustrated by Hollar but it was never published.
Rubens visited England in June until March and he drew Arundel in red and black chalk. Van Dyck returned to England after 11 years. Purchased the library and paintings of Willibald Pirckheimer for thalers.
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Letter to Thomas Howard, the Earl of Arundel
Hervey, Mary F. Mary Frederica Sophia , Language English. Author Hervey, Mary F.