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Michael Dahl

2 of 24 portraits on display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery

Michael Dahl, by Michael Dahl, 1691 - NPG 3822 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Michael Dahl

by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, 1691
49 1/2 in. x 39 7/8 in. (1258 mm x 1013 mm)
Purchased, 1952
Primary Collection
NPG 3822


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  • Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 168 portraits.

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  • Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 168 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Born in Stockholm, Dahl learned the grammar of the Baroque manner from Elvenstrahl. 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, until about 1740. 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.

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