Van Dyke and Britain at Tate Britain

Tate Britain will feature a major exhibition of the work of Anthony van Dyke from 18 February until 17 May 2009.

This visually sumptuous exhibition brings together some of the finest and most magnificent paintings that van Dyck produced during his years in Britain. It also reveals his continuing visual legacy through portraits by artists from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, including Sir Joshua Reynolds and John Singer Sargent. Featuring loans from The Royal Collection and The National Trust, this exhibition explores the context of van Dyck’s key English works, examining his innovative approach to painting the British elite. It also looks at his use of costume and his luscious, sparkling depiction of the rich fabrics of the period, and how his art was itself influenced by more local British painting.

An online preview is available here: Explore the Exhibition.
There are also events to accompany the exhibition: Van Dyke Events.

For booking and visiting information click here: Van Dyke Visiting.

The exhibition catalogue is available from

To get you thinking about Van Dyke and his work see this study of Van Dyke’s portrait of Archbiship Laud at Mercurius Politicus. Who has also been to the exhibition. You can see his review

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is offering free access to biographies of some of Van Dyke’s subjects at as a feature for March 2009.