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"The Shipbuilder and his Wife": Jan Rijcksen (1560/2-1637) and his Wife, Griet Jans

Signed and dated 1633

RCIN 405533

This spirited double portrait was the single most expensive painting acquired by George, costing 5,000 guineas (£5,250). It was one of a group of outstanding Dutch works purchased in the first years of the Regency, when, under the influence of his flamboyant advisor Walsh Porter, the Prince went on a spending spree of extravagant proportions. The painting hung in the Blue Velvet or Audience Room, a prominent location on the principal floor of Carlton House.

Purchased in 1811

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