1 of 3 portraits of Robert Walker
by Robert Walker
oil on canvas, circa 1645-1650
29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm)
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- Robert Walker (1599-1658), Painter. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist associated with 142 portraits.
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- Robert Walker (1599-1658), Painter. Artist associated with 142 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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Robert Walker painted both John Evelyn and Oliver Cromwell and is known to have been favoured by leading Parliamentarians. He was a member of the Painter-Stainer's Company, had rooms in Arundel House in 1652 and maintained the style of Van Dyck for his portraits of the Parlimentarian leaders. In 1658 he was described as one of the most eminent masters in England. Beyond this, little is known about the artist. Almost the only evidence of his personality appears in this dashing self-portrait.
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Current affairsFirst proposed by Sir WiIliam Waller, the New Model Army, the first national army consisting of full-time soldiers, is recruited by Parliament. Under the leadership of Thomas Fairfax, Commander-in-Chief, the Army decisively wins the battles of Naseby and Langport against the Royalists.
Archbishop William Laud is beheaded for treason.
Art and scienceAlexander Ross, clergyman and philosopher publishes The Philosophical Touch-Stone, an important refutation of the unorthodox Aristotelianism expounded by Sir Kenelm Digby in his Two Treaties.
Physician Daniel Whistler, presents his thesis on rickets at the Dutch university of Leiden, the first printed text on the disease.