Van Dyck (1599-1641) born in Antwerp and by 1630 had risen to be court painter to the Habsbourg Governor of Flanders. Charles I was a passionate patron of the arts and encouraged Van Dyck's move to London, knighting him shortly after his arrival in April 1632 and granting him a pension and many commissions. Sir Anthony Van Dyck, as he became known, would continue in the royal service until his death in 1641.
Editors. "Van Dyck knighted and granted pension by Charles I". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 January 2008
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