Richard Herbert, later 2nd Baron Herbert of Chirbury (c.1606-1655)
Cornelius Johnson (London 1593 - Utrecht 1661)
Art / Oil paintings
1635 (signed and dated)
Oil on canvas
749 x 622 mm (29 1/2 x 24 1/2 in)
Place of origin
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Powis Castle and Garden, Powys
Richard Herbert, 2nd Baron Herbert of Chirbury, was the eldest son of Edward, 1st Baron Herbert of Chirbury. He was a distinguished loyalist and raised 12,000 troops for Charles I. Cornelius Johnson, who painted this work, was one of the foremost portrait painters in England until Van Dyck arrived in 1632. Although his family were German-Flemish refugees, Johnson himself was born in London. His style of painting was well-suited to the intimate bust-length portrait format, which he used to capture the reserve of the English gentry and minor aristocracy.
Oil painting on canvas, Richard Herbert, later 2nd Baron Herbert of Chirbury (c.1606-1655) by Cornelius Johnson (London 1593 - Utrecht 1661), signed (lower left) with initials, the 'J' (in curlicue) apparently altered to a 'G' and dated 1635. A half-length portrait wearing armour with large lace collar, and a red arm-sash.
Accepted by HM Treasury on 21st March, 1963 in lieu of tax and conveyed to National Trust ownership on 29th November 1963. Recorded at Powis Castle in Montgomery Collections Vol VI P.148 in 1873.
Powis Castle, The Powis Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
J (or) G 1635
Makers and roles
Cornelius Johnson (London 1593 - Utrecht 1661), artist
Portraits from Welsh Houses (exh cat) National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, June - July1948, no.17 Steegman 1957 John Steegman, A Survey of Portraits in Welsh Houses, Vol.I: North Wales, Cardiff, 1957, no.14 Treasures from the National Trust: An Exhibition of Items from National Trust Houses in Wales and the Borders (exh cat) Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, 9 October - 6 November 6th, 1971 Chu 2018 John Chu, House of Portraits: Powis Castle, Swindon, 2018, p.28