Michael Dahl

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Michael Dahl

by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, 1691
49 in. x 39 in. (1245 mm x 991 mm) overall
Purchased, 1952
Primary Collection
NPG 3822


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  • Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 166 portraits.

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  • Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 166 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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This masterful self-portrait was painted when Dahl was little-known in England. In it he presents himself as a cultured artist, indicating his classical learning by pointing to an antique bust under which lie, as if in tribute, the tools of his trade, his palette and brushes. Although the architecture and pose are formal and his dress is luxurious, Dahl reminds the viewer of the physical work of an artist by leaving his shirt unbuttoned and his cropped hair without the customary wig.

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John Tillotson reluctantly accepts the appointment of Archbishop of Canterbury. A prominent preacher, Tillotson hoped his aims to unite the country's Protestants and initiate a moral reformation would be fulfilled by the dual monarchy.

Art and science

Dramatic opera, King Arthur, by poet John Dryden, is staged for the first time. Written originally in 1684, the play is revived as an opera with music by Henry Purcell.

International

Treaty of Limerick ends fighting between Irish Jacobites and Williamites; its military articles gave Jacobites the choice to leave Ireland or accept William as king; the civil articles, more controversially, ensured protection of Jacobite Irish gentry. As a lord justice of Ireland, Thomas Coningsby, is instrumental in finalising the settlement.

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