Portrait painter and Principal Painter to Charles II; born of Dutch parents, he trained in Haarlem; came to London in the 1640s and quickly established a reputation as a portraitist; appointed Principal Painter at the Restoration and knighted (1680); was prolific, and easily the most fashionable painter of his time; formed a celebrated collection of paintings and drawings and was well-known for his high living; Pepys called him 'a mighty proud man, and full of state'.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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