William Dobson

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Portrait of the Endymion Porter
Portrait of a naval officer

William Dobson (born March 4, 1610 in London , † before October 28, 1646 in Oxford ) was an English painter .


Dobson was a pupil of Van Dyck , became a royal court painter, later also chamberlain, and died in Oxford in 1646. After Dyck's death and the turmoil of the Civil War, he worked for the King in Oxford for several years.

He lived a lavish life, even had to go to the guilty prison and died completely impoverished.

His historical paintings and portraits are characterized by their true nature and fidelity, as well as strong drawing and well-chosen, but sometimes raw, color.

Selection of works

  • Colonel Russell with Prince Rupert and Colonel Murray, around 1644, canvas, 151 × 199 cm, Ombersley Court (Worcestershire), Lord Sandys Collection.
  • Endymion Porter, around 1643–45, canvas, 150 × 127 cm. London, Tate Gallery. (see picture 1)
  • Henry Mordaunt, 2nd Earl of Peterborough, 1644, canvas, 246 × 163 cm, Drayton House (Northamptonshire), NV Stopford-Sackville Coll.
  • James Compton, 3rd Earl of Northampton, 1644 to 1645, canvas, 226 × 147 cm, Ashby Castle (Northamptonshire), Marquess of Northampton Collection.
  • Charles II as Prince of Wales, around 1643, canvas, 151 × 128 cm. Edinburgh, Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
  • Self-portrait with Sir Charles Cotterell and Sir Balthasar Gerbier, around 1643, canvas, 8 × 125 cm. Albury, Duke of Northumberland Coll.
  • Sir Charles Lucas (?), Around 1643–44, canvas, 114 × 91 cm. Audley End (Essex), R. Neville Coll.


Web links

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