£2.8m Van Dyck goes to Bowes

Portrait acquired in lieu of tax.

Van Dyck’s 1637 portrait of his friend Olivia Porter – once thought o have been of Queen Henrietta Maria – has been accepted in lieu of £2.8m in tax, and will go to the Bowes Museum in County Durham

The lecture, painted when Van Dyck was at the height of his career, with be a centrepiece of the Bowes exhibition The English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent opening next May.

Olivia Porter was a lady-in-waiting to the queen, and wife of the king’s picture agent Endymion Porter. It was bought from the Porter family by the Earl of Northumberland and passed down through his family to the present day.

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