A. VANDERDOORT. 1
De concessione ad vitam Abrahamo Vanderdoort. 2
A.D. 1625. 1. Car. 1mi.
CHARLES by the grace of God, &c.
To all whome, &c. Greeting.
Whereas wee have appointed our servant Abraham Vanderdoort Esquire to oversee and take care of all our pictures which are at Whitehall and other our houses of resort, to prevent and keepe them (so much as in him lyeth) from being spoiled or defaced, to order marke and number them, and to keepe a register of them, to receive and deliver them, and likewise to take order for the makeing and coppying of pictures as wee or the Lord Chamberlaine of our houshold shall directe, And to this end are pleased that hee shall have accesse at convenient times into our galleries chambers and other roomes where our pictures are ;
Knowe yee that wee, in consideration of the good and acceptable service done and to be done unto us by our said servaunt Abraham Vanderdoort in manner as aforesaid, of our especiall grace, certeyne knowledge and meere motion, have given and graunted, and by theis presents for us, our heires and successors, doe give and graunt unto the said Abraham Vanderdoort the office or place of overseer of all the pictures of us, our heirs and successors, And him the said Abraham Vanderdoert wee doe by these presents, for us, our heires and successors, constitute, ordayne and appointe to be the overseer of all the pictures of us, our heires and successors, to have, hold, occupy and enjoy the said office or place unto the said Abraham Vanderdoort and his assignes, for and dureing the naturall life of him the said Abraham Vanderdoort.
And further, of our especiall grace certayne knowledge and meere motion, Wee have given and graunted, by theis presents for us, our heires and successors, doe give and graunt unto the said Abraham Vanderdoort, for the exerciseing of the said office or place, the yearlie fee or allowance of fortie pounds of lawfull money of England by the yeere, to have, hold, receive and enjoy the said fee and allowance of fortie pounds by the yeare unto the said Abraham Vanderdoort and his assignes, for and dureing the naturall life of the said Abraham Vanderdoort, out of the treasure of us, our heires and successors, out of the receipte of the exchequer of us, our heires and successors, by the hands of the treasorer and chamberlaynes of us our heires and successors there for the tyme being, at the fower usuall feasts of the yeare, that is to saye, at the feastes of the Nativitye of Sainte John Baptist, Saint Michaell the Archangell, the Byrth of our Lord God, and the Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary, by even portions to be payde ; the firste paymente to begin at the feast of the nativitie of St. John Baptiste nexte comeing after the date hereof ;
Wherefore our will and pleasure is, and wee doe by theis presents for us our heires and successors, commaunde and authorize the said treasorer, chauncellor, under-treasorer and barons of the said exchequer for the tyme being, that they and everie of them, to whome it doeth or shall apperteyne, doe not only uppon sight of theis our lettres patents or the inrollment of them from tyme to tyme, paye and deliver, or cause to be payde and delivered unto the said Abraham Vanderdoorte and his assignes the said yerely fee and allowance of fortie poundes, as the same shall growe due____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists. Volume: 3. Contributors: Horace Walpole - Author. Publisher: Swan Sonnenschein. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1888. Page number: 305.
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