Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666) was not only the first person to hold the office of Master of the Music to King Charles I, he was also a practising painter, a friend of Rubens, Van Dyck and many other artists of his time, and one of the very first great art collectors and connoisseurs. He is especially remembered for the part he played in acquiring, on behalf of Charles I, the famous collection of paintings belonging to the Gonzaga family of Mantua. Many of these paintings still form an important part of the Royal Collection today. In this book the different strands of Lanier's colourful life are for the first time drawn together and presented in a single compelling narrative.
’a well-written, readable study..’ Margaret Campbell, The Consort ’there is much important detail in this book that is well researched, written, and indexed’ Trevor Herbert, Historic Brass Society Journal. ’a remarkably vigorous portrait of one of the central artistic figures of pre- and post-Restoration Stuart monarchy.’ Seventeenth-Century News, Vol. 56, Nos. 3&4
Contents: A Note on the Old and New Style Calendars; 1588-1611: The Apprentice Musician; 1611-1616: Exotic Entertainments; 1616-1625: The Making of a Connoisseur; 1625-1627: King's Messenger; 1627-1628: Mission Accomplished; 1628-1629: Collecting and Collectors; 1629-1642: The Calm before the Storm; 1642-1658: Trials and Tribulations; 1658-1666: The Twilinght Years; Appendix I: Alphonso and Aemilia Lanier; Appendix II: Nicholas Lanier's Etchings of 1638 and 1656; Bibliography; Index.