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Endymion Porter

by William Faithorne, published by Thomas Rowlett, after William Dobson
line engraving, circa 1646 (circa 1643-1645)
11 1/2 in. x 8 1/8 in. (292 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D22906

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Artistsback to top

  • William Dobson (1611-1646), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 50 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 720 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
  • Thomas Rowlett (active 1636-died 1652), Publisher. Artist associated with 7 portraits.

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This engraving of the courtier and connoisseur Endymion Porter is based on one of Dobson's finest portraits. The three-quarter-length oil painting shows Porter receiving a trophy of the hunt as he rests on a carved relief of the Arts. It is a celebration of the pleasures of peace painted in the midst of war. A confidant to the king and a Catholic sympathiser, Porter was reviled by Parliamentarians. At the time this print was produced he was exiled to France. Interestingly, the fourth print engraved by Faithorne for Thomas Rowlett was of the leading Parliamentarian Sir Thomas Fairfax, commander of the New Model Army.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D20268: Endymion Porter (from same plate)
  • NPG D22905: Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex (from same plate)

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Current affairs

First civil war ends. Under Thomas Fairfax, Commander-in-Chief, Parliamentarians defeat Royalist armies in the last major conflicts of the war, the Battles of Torrington and Stow-on-the-Wold. The subsequent fall of Royalist Oxford forces Charles I to flee and he surrenders himself to the Scots at Newark.

Art and science

Portrait painter, William Dobson, returns to London after the defeat of the king and is briefly imprisoned for debt. He dies in poverty aged thirty-five.

International

Instructed by Charles I, James Butler, Marquess of Ormonde resumes negotiations with the Irish Confederates attempting to raise troops for the royalist cause. The resulting First Ormonde Peace, though publicly proclaimed, is eventually rejected by the Confederates on account of papal ambassador, Archbishop Rinuccini's considerable influence.

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