William Dobson was Britain’s finest Baroque portraitist.

He was an unusually talented native artist whose work is bound up inextricably with one of the most dramatic events in history:
The English Civil War.

He was there. He saw it. He painted it. And he should not be forgotten.

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has a magnificent new painting by William Dobson on show. Painted in Oxford in 1643, the ambitious triple portrait shows a group of Royalist heroes gathered around a table, pledging a mysterious troth. Who are they? What are they pledging?

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