William Larkin: Styling in the early 17th Century

If you ever plan to visit the stately grandeur of Kenwood House, in Hampstead Heath, then make sure to spend some time gazing in awe at the Suffolk Collection, a string of 9 paintings by William Larkin. As Wikipedia puts it:

“Larkin’s work marks the last stage in a tradition of English portraiture traceable from the later work of Hans Holbein the Younger through Nicholas Hilliard in which the sitter is painted in flat, lightly modelled fashion, surrounded by meticulously rendered wardrobe and props, with each detail of lace, embroidery, and gilding carefully delineated”

Here’s a small selection of masterpieces from Larkin, also including three pieces belonging to the Suffolk Collection: An intensive class in mastering the flamboyant art of Jacobean styling with unexpectedly positioned rubies, matching tan gloves and extreme buckles.


Three Young Girls – Circa 1620

William larkin - Three Young Girls - circa 1620
William larkin – Three Young Girls – circa 1620

Three Young Girls - circa 1620 copy 2 Three Young Girls - circa 1620 copy 3 Three Young Girls - circa 1620 copy 4 Three Young Girls - circa 1620 copy


Portrait of Isabella Rich, Mrs Rogers, later Lady Smith – circa 1614-18

William Larkin - Portrait of Isabella Rich, Mrs Rogers, later Lady Smith - circa 1614-18
William Larkin – Portrait of Isabella Rich, Mrs Rogers, later Lady Smith – circa 1614-18

Portrait of Isabella Rich, Mrs Rogers, later Lady Smith - circa 1614-18 copy 2 Portrait of Isabella Rich, Mrs Rogers, later Lady Smith - circa 1614-18 copy Portrait of Isabella Rich, Mrs Rogers, later Lady Smith - circa 1614-18 copy 3


Portrait of a Lady, said to be Lady Mary Darrel – circa 1610

William Larkin - Portrait of a Lady, said to be Lady Mary Darrel - circa 1610
William Larkin – Portrait of a Lady, said to be Lady Mary Darrel – circa 1610

Portrait of a Lady, said to be Lady Mary Darrel - circa 1610 copy 3 Portrait of a Lady, said to be Lady Mary Darrel - circa 1610 copy 2Portrait of a Lady, said to be Lady Mary Darrel - circa 1610 copy


Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury – circa 1609-10

William Larkin - Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury - circa 1609-10
William Larkin – Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury – circa 1609-10

Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset – 1613

William Larkin - Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset - 1613
William Larkin – Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset – 1613

Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset 1613 copy 2 Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset 1613 copy

Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset 1613 copy 3Richard Sackville, 3rd Earl of Dorset 1613 copy 4


Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mrs Lowe – circa 1610-20

William Larkin - Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mrs Lowe - circa 1610-20
William Larkin – Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mrs Lowe – circa 1610-20

Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mrs Lowe - circa 1610-20 copy 4

Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mrs Lowe - circa 1610-20 copy Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mrs Lowe - circa 1610-20 copy 3 Portrait of a Lady, possibly Mrs Lowe - circa 1610-20 copy 2


Portrait of Diana Cecil, Countess of Oxford – 1614

William Larkin - Diana Cecil, Countess of Oxford
William Larkin – Diana Cecil, Countess of Oxford

Diana Cecil, Countess of Oxford, by William Larkin

Diana Cecil, Countess of Oxford, by William LarkinDiana Cecil, Countess of Oxford, by William LarkinDiana Cecil, Countess of Oxford, by William Larkin


Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke – circa 1615

William Larkin - Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke - circa 1615
William Larkin – Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke – circa 1615

Philip Herbert, 4th Earl of Pembroke - circa 1615 copy


Portrait of Mary Radclyffe – between circa 1610 and 1613

William Larkin - Portrait of Mary Radclyffe - between circa 1610 and 1613
William Larkin – Portrait of Mary Radclyffe – between circa 1610 and 1613

Portrait of Mary Radclyffe - between circa 1610 and circa 1613 3Portrait of Mary Radclyffe - between circa 1610 and circa 1613 2


Traditionally called Dorothy Cary, later Viscountess Rochford – circa 1614 and 1618

William Larkin - Traditionally called Dorothy Cary, later Viscountess Rochford - circa 1614 and 1618
William Larkin – Traditionally called Dorothy Cary, later Viscountess Rochford – circa 1614 and 1618

Traditionally called Dorothy Cary, later Viscountess Rochford - circa 1614 and circa 1618 copyTraditionally called Dorothy Cary, later Viscountess Rochford - circa 1614 and circa 1618 copy 2


by Matteo Sarti

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