"We are all going to heaven and Vandyck is of the company"
Equestrian portrait of Charles 1st. - van Dyck (1st. third of 17th. century)
GNU Free Documentation LicenseEquestrian portrait of Charles 1st. - van Dyck (1st. third of 17th. century) - Credit: Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Wikimedia Commons

Sir Anthony van Dyck, or Vandyck, (1599-1641) was a Flemish artist who had been an assistant to Rubens before establishing himself as a highly successful portrait painter in the early 17th century English court. He is particularly well-known for his portraits of King Charles I and his family.

His work is characterised by its rich colouring, elegance, and dignity, and these, no doubt, are the qualities which lead Virginia Woolf's narrator  to associate him with her opulent dining experience at one of the men's colleges.