William Dobson

1610-1646 England/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-William Dobson from the city of London was tutored by the portrait artist Robert Peake. He also received some instruction from the German born painter Francis Cleyn, however his greatest inspirations came from copying paintings of Van Dyck and Titian. It was written that Van Dyck happened on one of his paintings in a shop window in Snow Hill London, he was so impressed by it he enquired of the artist and he subsequently introduced him to King Charles I. The King took him to Oxford after the demise of Van Dyck; there he sat for portraits and afforded him the name the English Tintoretto. He became distinguished as one of the finest artists in England of the time. After the civil war, Dobson struggled financially and he was imprisoned for debt. He sadly died at the young age of thirty-six in a state of poverty in London.

 

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abraham
van der doort

abraham van der doort

charles II when
prince of wales

charles two when prince of wales with a page and the head of medusa

edward hyde earl
of clarendon

edward hyde earl of clarendon


endymion porter

endymion porter

henry stone
with his son

henry stone with his son


james graham

james graham


nicholas oudart

nicholas oudart

portrait
of a family

portrait of a family


richard lovelace

richard lovelace by William Dobson


richard neville

richard neville


self portrait

self portrait by William Dobson

sir thomas
aylesbury

sir thomas aylesbury

the artist with sir
charles cottrell

the artist with sir charles cottrell and sir balthasar gerbier by William Dobson

the artist's second
wife judith

the artist's second wife judith

the executioner with
the head of john

the executioner with the head of john the baptist