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Dobson Around the Web

The internet is a wonderful place for sharing, and for keeping alive the memory and works of William Dobson. Here, we’ve gathered up some fascinating blog and news entries from around the web on Britain’s first artistic genius.

  • Portrait of William Lawes, William Dobson

    Portrait of William Lawes, William Dobson

    Restoration of Ferens Art Gallery’s Dobson

    We are happy to announce that Waldemar Januszczak and ZCZ Films are sponsoring the restoration of a magnificent painting by William Dobson 'Portrait of William Lawes’. The restoration will be conducted by Critchlow & Kukkonen in Sheffield. We will document the process on ZCZ Films' You Tube channel. The restoration is expected to be completed by April.
  • Dobson Self Portrait to be displayed alongside Van Dyke at the National Portrait Gallery

    National Portrait will host a rare exhibition of English portraiture. The highlight of the show will be two self portraits one by Van Dyke and one by Dobson, hanging next to each other. Do not miss out!
    http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/van-dyck/tour/current-venue.php
  • Dobson Self-Portrait smashes auction record!

    There has been some very exciting news! William Dobson's early Self-Portrait sold at Bonhams on 6 July for a whopping £920,000, hitting his previous highest price tag out of the park and going for over three times the estimated price. There's plenty more news on the sale to follow, but for now, here are two articles from major publications all about this historic sale:

    Jonathan Jones for the Guardian

    Alex Capon for the Antiques Trade Gazette
  • The Full English

    Does anyone have a spare couple of million quid on them? If so, they couldn't spend it more wisely than on this spectacular early self-portrait by William Dobson, which is up for sale at Bonhams on 6 July 2016. In this article for the Bonhams magazine, Waldemar Januszczak sings the praises of the "first truly characteristically English painter".

    Read the full article here

  • Self-Portrait, c. 1642-46, William Dobson

    Self-Portrait, c. 1642-46, William Dobson

    William Dobson: The King's Painter

    Terrific news for all William Dobson fans! Historian R. F. Jones has written a fascinating and comprehensive account of the artist’s life, charting his journey from St. Albans schoolboy to the court painter of Charles I, as well as some new research into his remarkable family. An absolute must for all admirers of Dobson's work and his times.

    Buy your copy here
  • Sir Edward Walker, c. 1645-1646, WIlliam Dobson

    Sir Edward Walker, c. 1645-1646, WIlliam Dobson

    Stratford’s Cavalier Portrait – Portrait of Sir Edward Walker by William Dobson

    Writing for ‘Our Warwickshire’, art historian Adam Busiakiewicz looks at a fascinating Dobson work from his time as Charles I’s court painter in Oxford, when he was painting portraits of the increasingly beleaguered Royalist nobles in the midst of Civil War.

    Read the full article here

  • The Streatfield Family (?), c. 1645, in part by William Dobson

    The Streatfield Family (?), c. 1645, in part by William Dobson

    William Dobson: The Cavalier Chronicler

    English Civil War historian M J Logue writes about her personal discovery of William Dobson on her blog ‘An Uncivil War’. From his portrait of Endymion Porter (“a beery old toper”), to the touching portrait of the Streatfield Family, Logue extols the virtues of the great Civil War chronicler.

    Read the full article here