Flemish (possibly French) painter, copyist, collector and dealer, active in England. In 1635 he was living in the newly developed area of Covent Garden, London; at that time he was closely associated with Anthony van Dyck
and presumably assisted in his studio. Through his varied activities, van Leemput became a leading figure in the London art world, and he assembled a major collection of paintings and drawings. He bought extensively when Charles I s collections were sold in 1649-51; his purchases included works attributed to Titian,
and Andrea del Sarto. Later he acquired the great equestrian portrait by van Dyck
of Charles I with M. de St Antoine (British Royal Collection), which he apparently attempted to sell in Antwerp but asked too high a price. It was still with him at the Restoration in 1660, when it was recovered from him for Charles II.
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