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Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Thomas Killigrew and William, Lord Crofts (?) 1638

RCIN 407426

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This double portrait by van Dyck, court painter to Charles I, shows two melancholy figures united by grief. On the left is the Royalist poet, Thomas Killigrew, whose wife, Cecilia Crofts, died after two years of marriage. He holds a design for her tomb and wears her wedding ring on a black band on his wrist. The figure on the right may be Cecilia’s brother, William, Lord Crofts.