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oil on canvas
105.0 × 83.0 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1938
Gallery location
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
For many years Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke (1584–1649), was a favourite of King James I of England and he rapidly rose to prominence during his reign. Herbert is depicted here holding the wand of office of Lord Chamberlain, which after the King was the most important position at court. Van Dyck was one of the most renowned European artists of the seventeenth century, best known for his consummate and innovative skill as a portrait painter. In 1632 he was knighted and appointed court portrait painter by Charles I. Van Dyck’s style of portraiture significantly transformed British art.