Probably Sir Thomas Aylesbury, Bt

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Probably Sir Thomas Aylesbury, Bt, by William Dobson, circa 1642 - NPG 615 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Probably Sir Thomas Aylesbury, Bt

by William Dobson
oil on canvas, circa 1642
49 1/2 in. x 39 in. (1255 mm x 990 mm)
Purchased, 1880
Primary Collection
NPG 615


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  • William Dobson (1611-1646), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 54 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.

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This portrait is thought to be of Thomas Aylesbury who prospered under the influence of Charles I's favourite, the Duke of Buckingham, and became Master of Requests, Master of the Mint and a baronet all in the space of a year. At the outbreak of the Civil War however he was 'stripped of his place, and plundered of his estate' by Parliament. In 1642 he followed the king with his wartime court to Oxford, where he continued to hold the Court of Requests. In this sober portrait the sitter wears the robes of the Master of Requests, and holds, as an emblem of his office, a petition to the king. Behind him on the left is a view of Oxford and on the right, an antique bust thought at the time to represent Seneca, the stoic philosopher, dramatist, and pleader of causes.

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, William Dobson 1611-46: Royalists at War, 1983 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 21 October 1983 - 9 January 1984), p. 10
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 25

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