by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, 1691
49 in. x 39 in. (1245 mm x 991 mm) overall
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Sitterback to top
- Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 166 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 166 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Born in Stockholm, Dahl learned the grammar of the Baroque manner from David Klöker Ehrenstrahl. He came to London in 1682 and was in Italy in 1685-9. Thereafter he appears to have been in London where he was consistently fashionable, being Godfrey Kneller's only near rival in popularity. He was especially patronised by the court in Queen Anne's reign and by the Harleys, a Tory family. In this self-portrait Dahl has shown himself resting against a plinth and pointing to a female bust beneath which rests his palette and brushes.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 20
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 67
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 100
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 161
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 215
Events of 1691back to top
Current affairsJohn 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 scienceDramatic 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.
InternationalTreaty 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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On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery