A slightly different View from the Artist
August 11 2011
Picture: Uffizi Gallery
A reader has kindly sent me another drawing of Rye by Van Dyck, inscribed lower left and dated a year later in 1634. The date would seem rather problematic in terms of Van Dyck's chronology - he is not thought to have returned to England until 1635. But in those days the new year started in March. So it could have been drawn in 1635 new style.
This view is taken from the opposite side of the town as that below, and may even have be done off shore. Perhaps it was done on ship, as he waited to disembark? Van Dyck had returned to England from Brussels without permission - forcing Charles I to apologise to Archduke Ferdinand for his bad behaviour.