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William Dobson (1611-1646), Portrait painter

Sitter in 9 portraits
Artist associated with 54 portraits
Born in London, Dobson was probably the son of a painter. He studied under the painter and publisher, William Peake, and the artist, Francis Cleyn, and probably through him came to know the paintings of Titian and van Dyck. Painter of the embattled Royalists, he was active during the Civil War both with the Royal Court in Oxford, and in London, as Principal Painter to the King. He returned to London after the defeat of the king by parliament and was briefly imprisoned for debt. He died in poverty aged thirty-five and was buried in St Martin-in-the-Fields. An elegy by Thomas Rawlins commemorated him as 'the very Soul of Art, the Prince and Prime of Painters'.

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1569

Abraham van der Doort

possibly after William Dobson
oil on canvas
NPG 1569

615

Probably Sir Thomas Aylesbury, Bt

by William Dobson
oil on canvas, circa 1642
NPG 615

302

William Dobson

after a self-portrait by William Dobson
oil on canvas, (circa 1642-1646)
NPG 302

5382

Richard Neville

by William Dobson
oil on canvas, circa 1643
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5382

288

Probably Nicholas Oudart

by William Dobson
oil on canvas, circa 1645
NPG 288

6104

Sir Edward Nicholas

by William Dobson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1645
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6104

D28285

William Dobson

by George White, after William Dobson
mezzotint, (circa 1642-1646)
NPG D28285

D28288

William Dobson

by George White, after William Dobson
mezzotint, (circa 1642-1646)
NPG D28288

D1764

William Dobson

by George White, after William Dobson
mezzotint, (circa 1642-1646)
NPG D1764

D1765

William Dobson

by George White, after William Dobson
mezzotint, (circa 1642-1646)
NPG D1765

D22693

King Charles II

by William Faithorne, after William Dobson
line engraving, circa 1646
NPG D22693

D22906

Endymion Porter

by William Faithorne, published by Thomas Rowlett, after William Dobson
line engraving, circa 1646 (circa 1643-1645)
NPG D22906

D35333

William Dobson

by Josias English, after William Dobson
etching, 1646-1649
NPG D35333

D2277

William Dobson

by Josias English, published by Thomas Rowlett, after William Dobson
etching, circa 1646-1649
NPG D2277

D20268

Endymion Porter

by William Faithorne, published by Thomas Rowlett, after William Dobson
line engraving, circa 1646 (circa 1643-1645)
NPG D20268

D22905

Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex

by William Faithorne, published by Peter Stent, after William Dobson
line engraving, published 1653-1663
NPG D22905

D22928

Prince Rupert, Count Palatinate

by William Faithorne, published by Peter Stent, after William Dobson
line engraving, published 1662
NPG D22928

D27059

James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose

after William Dobson
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D27059

D27068

James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose

by George Vertue, after William Dobson
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D27068

D27197

Sir George Lisle and Sir Charles Lucas

by George Vertue, after William Dobson, after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D27197

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