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Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Crofts (?) 1638

Oil on canvas | 132.9 x 144.1 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 407426

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Thomas Killigrew, a poet at the court of Charles I, had recently lost his wife, Cecilia Crofts. Here he holds a design for her tomb and sits in a slouch of weary melancholy. His companion (usually identified as Cecilia’s nephew, William Crofts) urges him to write something on the paper he holds – perhaps an epitaph.

Acquired by Frederick, Prince of Wales, in 1747