James Gandy

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James Gandy (1619–1689) was an English portrait-painter, one of the earliest native English painters.


Gandy was probably a native of Exeter. He is said to have been a pupil of Anthony van Dyck, and to have acquired some of his style; he may have painted the drapery in Van Dyck's pictures. In 1661 he was taken to Ireland by his patron, the Duke of Ormonde, and remained there until his death. He was father of William Gandy.


He executed a number of copies of portraits by Van Dyck for the duke's collection at Kilkenny, some of which were sold at the dispersal of the collection, as original works. His principal portraits were done in Ireland, and remained there. One of the Duke of Ormonde was in the possession of the Earl of Leicester.

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Gandy, James". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.