After Anthony Van Dyck (flemish, 1599-1641)
Sir Robert Shirley and his wife Teresia, in Persian Costume. Gouache on paper. Sight size 6 3/4 x 8 inches. Framed.
Based upon two original paintings by Anthony Van Dyck, "Portrait of Sir Robert Shirley" and "Portrait of Teresia, Lady Shirley" circa 1622.
Verso reads: “Sir Robert Shirley was born about 1581 and died in 1626. He an-[swe]red the service of the Shah of Parsia, and was sent on an embassy to Pope Paul V, and later on to Pope Gregory XV. He was also ambass-ador for the Shah to Sigismund III of Poland and the Emperor Rudolph who created him a count; and he acted in a similar capacity with the Emeperor of India, Gehanghir, and James 1 od [sic] England, coming to our court in 1624 and remaining at that time in England for three years. When he was in Italy he met Van Dyck, who was in that country from 1621 to 1627, and who made two sketches of him which appear in Van Dyck’s sketch book reserved at Chatsworth. In the sketches he is represented as wearing a turban and a rich robe very similar to the one in the miniature. Shirley married a noble Circassian lady, and Van Dyck made a sketch of her, and then from his sketches he painted fine portraits of both of them which are not in the collection of Lord Leaconfield at Petmorth.”