|the last selfie of Sir Anthony van Dyck|
Just as the town and castle of Richelieu were being finished in 1641, poor Anthony van Dyck died in London, over la manche, aged only 42. Court painter to the to-be-chopped Stuart King, Charles 1; contemporary British monarch to Louis XIII; loyal and royal husband to the the French king's Louis' sister, Henrietta Maria.
Anthony van Dyck was the opposite number to Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu's court painter, Philippe de Champaigne. Both painters from the Spanish Netherlands; both painters to the nobility and image-makers of the National myth.
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