- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, 1691
49 in. x 39 in. (1245 mm x 991 mm) overall
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
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 20
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- 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
- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 64
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 161
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 215
- Waterhouse, Ellis Kirkham, The dictionary of 16th & 17th century British painters, 1988, p. 69
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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