by William Dobson
oil on canvas, circa 1643
44 7/8 in. x 36 in. (1140 mm x 914 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund and the Pilgrim Trust, 1981
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Artistback to top
- William Dobson (1611-1646), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 54 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The carved relief behind Neville depicts Mercury (symbolising good counsel) and Mars (war). A Royalist cavalry charge is shown in the distance. The artist William Dobson, called 'the most excellent painter that England hath yet bred' by John Aubrey, is particularly known for his portraits of Royalist soldiers painted in Oxford during the Civil War.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 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. 32
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 456
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- William Dobson 1611-1646 ‘The most excellent painter that England hath yet bred’ (17 August 2011 - 16 August 2012)