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William Dobson
Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

William Dobson

William Dobson (1611–1646) (after)

National Portrait Gallery, London

(bapt. London, 24 Feb. 1611; bur. London, 28 Oct. 1646). English portrait painter. He was described by John Aubrey in his Brief Lives (c.1690) as ‘the most excellent painter that England hath yet bred’ and he is indeed regarded as the most accomplished native-born painter (other than miniaturists) before Hogarth. About 60 paintings by him are known, all the securely dated examples being from the years 1642–6, when he was painter to Charles I's wartime court at Oxford.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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