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Portrait of Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel by Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577-1640
Portrait of Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel
c. 1629-30
Ink, oil, and wash on paper
46.3 x 36.5 cm
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1926

Peter Paul Rubens made this drawing of Thomas Howard, the Earl of Arundel, an eminent English aristocrat and collector of ancient sculpture, while living in London. He had been sent there in 1629 on a diplomatic mission to improve relations between England and Spain. The drawing is a preparatory study for the oil painting of Arundel in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.