Abraham van der Doort

Amongst the many interesting facts I learned yesterday about Charles I’s collection, the subject of a big exhibition we are doing next year in celebration of our 250th. birthday, was that Abraham van der Doort, the first Surveyor of the King’s Pictures, a position subsequently occupied by Anthony Blunt, had committed suicide in 1640, distraught because he thought that he had mislaid one of the King’s miniatures.   Such dedication !  Before his suicide, he had been occupied in drawing up a very detailed catalogue of the King’s collection, which was preserved by Elias Ashmole and survives in the Bodleian.

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2 thoughts on “Abraham van der Doort

  1. Excellent research! I was totally unaware of van der Doort or his Catalogue.

    Will you and Per Rumberg be able to bring together some of the works in that catalogue ?

    I am confident that it is going to be one of the great RA exhibitions of the decade. Hurray !

  2. Paul Boucher says:

    Cannot wait for this. I hope the fascinating Nicholas Lanier will be represented in some way – first Master of the King’s Music, spy, courtier, art buyer (van Dyck), Huguenot etc..

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