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Sir George Rooke
by Michael Dahl Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1706
49 3/4 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1265 mm x 1004 mm) overall
- Sir George Rooke (circa 1650-1709), Admiral. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
- Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 166 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
Michael Dahl was a personal friend of Rooke and painted him twice during this period. Rooke's imposing figure set before a threatening sky makes this an exceptional example of Baroque portraiture.
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