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‘Memoire pour Sa Majestie’ (Autumn 1638)

Abstract

State Papers 1638. Van Dyck’s handwritten memorandum submitted to the King, listing pictures completed but not yet paid for, and including arrears in his pension which had not been paid in five years. The paper is annotated under the King’s direction; some prices are cut by up to a half, and pictures that the Queen is to pay for are marked with a cross.

Place, date
Blackfriars/Westminster, Autumn 1638

Archive reference
The National Archives, Kew SP 16/406, 4

Transcribed by James Innes-Mulraine

Publication history

Full transcript published in:

  • William Hookham Carpenter Pictorial Notices consisting of a Memoir of Sir Anthony Van Dyck James Carpenter, London 1844, pp. 66 – 68

Listed in:

  • Susan J. Barnes, Nora De Poorter, Oliver Millar, Horst Vey Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings Yale University Press 2003, chronology 1638 ‘Towards the end of the year’

How to cite: Innes-Mulraine, James. “‘Memoire pour Sa Majestie’.” In Jordaens Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project. Edited by Joost Vander Auwera and Justin Davies.
jordaensvandyck.org/archive/memoire-pour-sa-majestie-autumn-1638/ (accessed 17 October 2018)

© Jordaens Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project (terms and conditions)

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Folio 16

Memoir pour Sa Majestie Le Roy

Pour mollures du veu conte    £27
Une teste d’un veliant poete    £20   12
+Le Prince Henry    £50
Le Roy all ciasse    £200 100
Le Roy vestu de noire au Prince Palatin    £34 30
avecq sa mollure
Le Prince Carles avec le duig de Jorc
Princesse Maria Princeese Elizabeth Princesse Anna    £200 100
Le Roy vestu de noir au Monsieur Morre    £34 20
Avenc sa mollure
+Une Reyne en petite forme    £20
+Une Reyne vestu en blu   £30
+Une Reyne Mere    £50
+Une Reyne vestu en blanc    £50
La Reyne pour Monsieur Barnino    £20 15
La Reyne pour Monsieur Barnino    £20 15
La Reyne pour la reyne de Boheme   £20 15
+La Reyne en petite forme    £20
La Reyne envoye a Monsieur Fielding     £30  20
+Le Prince Carles in armes pour Somerset    £40
Le Roy alla Reyne de Boeme    £20 15
Le Roy en Armes donne au Baron Warton    £50 40
La Reyne au dit Baron    £50 40
Le Roy La Reyne le Prince Carles au l’ambassador    £90 75
Hopton

Memorandum for his Majesty the King

For frames in the previous account    £27
A head of a soldier poet    £20  12
+Prince Henry     £50
The King at the Hunt     £200 100
The King dressed in black, for the Prince Palatine    £34 30
with its frame
Prince Charles with the Duke of York
Princess Mary Princess Elizabeth Princess Anne    £200 100
The King dressed in black for Mr Morre      £34 20
With its frame
+ A Queen, small figure      £20
+A Queen dressed in blue      £30
+A Queen Mother         £50
+A Queen dressed in white        £50
The Queen for Mr Bernini[1]        £20 15
The Queen for Mr Bernini        £20 15
The Queen for the Queen of Bohemia      £20 15
+The Queen, small figure     £20
The Queen sent to Mr Fielding     £30  20
+Prince Charles in armour for Somerset [House]    £40
The King for the Queen of Bohemia     £20 15
The King in armour given to Lord Wharton    £50 40
The Queen for the said Lord     £50 40
The King the Queen and Prince Charles for Ambassador Hopton    £90 75

 


[1] The Queen’s portraits for ‘Monsieur Barnino’ were intended to serve as model for an unrealised portrait bust by Gianlorenzo Bernini. The Queen wrote to Bernini 26th June 1639, expressing her admiration for his bust of King Charles I and requesting one of herself to be sculpted from portraits that would be delivered to him (Hookham Carpenter 1844 pp.69 – 70).


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Folio 17r-1

Une piece pour la Maison de Green Witz    £100
Le dessein, de Roy et tous les Chevaliers

The total of all such Pictures as his Majestie is
to paye for in this accompt rated by the King and
that his majestie doth allowe of amounts unto five
hundred twentie eight pounde——————–£528

The other pictures which the King hath marked with a cross before them the Queen is to paye for them and her Majestie is to Rate them.————

The Arrere of the Pencion beeing five yeares amounts unto one thousand poundes att two hundred pounds per annum                                                 ( £1,000

Alsoe for the pictures which Sir Arthur Hopton had into Spain                75

The total of all amowntes unto ————- £1,603

A piece for Greenwich Palace     £100
The design of the King, and all the Knights

The totall of all such Pictures as his majestie is to paye for in this accompt rated by the King and what his Majestie doth allowe of amownts unto five hundred twentie eight pounde } £528

The other pictures which the King hathe marked with a cross before them the Queene is to paye for them and her majestie is to Rate them-

The totall of all amownts unto – £1,603


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Folio 17r-2

+Une Reyne vestu en blanc donne au Conte d’Olland £60
+deus demis portraits della Reyne du veu conte £60

A Queen dressed in white given to the Earl of Holland    £60
Two half-length portraits of the Queen from the previous account    £60


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Folio 17v

Top
Sir Anthony Vandike

Along centre fold
the Picture for the Queene –   £200
five yeares Pention –   £1,000

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