William Dobson (London 1611-1646) Portrait of the artist, bust-length, in a black tunic and white collar William Dobson (London 1611-1646) Portrait of the artist, bust-length, in a black tunic and white collar William Dobson (London 1611-1646) Portrait of the artist, bust-length, in a black tunic and white collar
WILLIAM DOBSON (LONDON 1611-1646)
Portrait of the artist, bust-length, in a black tunic and white collar oil on canvas Sold for a World Record Price £1,143,800 6 July 2016 Bonhams London 'Remarkably sensitive psychological insight'

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This portrait's importance in the history of British portraiture can barely be overestimated: Dobson became Court portrait painter in 1641 when the most significant artists in Britain were all imports from abroad. He is now widely considered to be our first truly distinguished native-born painter, one who would be far better known were it not for his early death at the age of 35. In this, his earliest recorded self-portrait, he gives us a remarkably sensitive psychological insight which is heightened by the dramatic lighting and Dobson's luxuriant brushwork.

Caroline Oliphant
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