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Letter to Sir John Coke (21 October 1633)


Letter book of Sir Balthazar Gerbier, British Resident at Brussels 1st January 1630 – 31st March 1634; Postscript of a letter to Sir John Coke Secretary of State 21st October 1633

Place, date
Brussels, 21-10-1633

Archival reference
The National Archives, Kew SP 105/10 21st October 1633

Transcribed by James Innes-Mulraine

Publication history

Excerpt published in:

  • Susan J. Barnes, Nora De Poorter, Oliver Millar, Horst Vey Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings Yale University Press 2003, chronology 21st October 1633

How to cite: Innes-Mulraine, James. “Letter to Sir John Coke.” In Jordaens Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project. Edited by Joost Vander Auwera and Justin Davies. 23 September 2023)

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21st October 1633

The Picture of his Majestie which Sir Anthony van Dike hath brought here move men of all good qualities to the admiration of that wise king, who can live in peace: I should nor make this perceipt of it Butt that the hearing of this censure[1] is a most comfortable sound.

Bruxelles this 21 October 1633     (Number 42[2]


[1] In the sense of incense, rather than criticism

[2] Only the relevant postscript to the letter is published.


This transcription includes translations