DYCK, Sir Anthony van
(b. 1599, Antwerpen, d. 1641, London)

Sir Endymion Porter and the Artist

Oil on canvas, 110 x 114 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Endymion Porter (1587-1649) was a favourite courtier of King Charles I, for whom he bought works of art. His father was a large landowner in Gloucestershire but he was brought up by his grandparents in Spain. He was a judicious collector of pictures, and as the friend of Rubens, Van Dyck, Daniel Mijtens and other painters, and as agent for Charles in his purchases abroad he had a considerable share in forming the king's magnificent collection.