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William Dobson is the greatest painter England has had so far - this is how the philosopher and writer John Aubrey judged his contemporary. Even more than 350 years later, this is a statement that more than does justice to the work and life of the artist.

For William Dobson, the path to becoming an artist was not necessarily straight. For the son of a rather conservative lawyer, the desire to become an artist was anything but appropriate. If his father had been a little more serious and earnest, it probably wouldn't have worked either. But the father cultivated a standard of living far beyond his means. When William Dobson was 14 years old, the family was financially ruined and the young man had to provide for his own livelihood. He began an apprenticeship with a poster painter - today one would say with a commercial artist. He also learned about the commercial side of the business and acquired knowledge of the art trade. At the age of 21 Dobson changed profession and started working for the German artist Francis Cleyn. Cleyn had previously worked at the Danish royal court and had subsequently established himself as a successful tapestry designer in London. During this time Dobson had the great privilege of gaining access to the royal collection of paintings. It was an experience that had a decisive influence on his artistic development. Without the direct contact with works of Tizian, Tintoretto or Paolo Veronese, Dobson would probably not have been able to find his typical painting style. The choice of colours, their texture and the way they are applied are strongly reminiscent of Italian and especially Venetian painting.

In the turmoil of the English Civil War between 1642 and 1649, William Dobson was sent to the university town of Oxford. He moved to a studio in St. Johns College, where he earned his money with portrait painting. He painted an unusually large number of pictures of employees of the court and the university, he portrayed poets and philosophers, politicians and foreign diplomats. He preferred to paint the officers and followers of the royal "Cavaliers". The pictures from this eventful period are among the most magnificent works of the English Baroque. Since William was a fervent supporter of the monarchy and King Charles I, the victory of the "Roundheads", the parliamentarians, became a big problem for him. He lost all his privileges and his fortune. For a short time he even had to go to prison. In his far too short life, which lasted only 35 years, William Dobson was married twice. His first wife Elisabeth died early, his second wife Judith survived him for many years.

Of the artist's extensive oeuvre, only about sixty pictures have survived the ages. They are scattered all over England and hang at the National Gallery of Scotland, the Tate Gallery, Queens House in Greenwich and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, among others. Some are privately owned and adorn the prestigious halls of English country houses. © Meisterdrucke




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1864 | watercolour on paper

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Baby's Tea
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Baby's Tea
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1645 | Oil on canvas

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1642 | Oil on canvas

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1642 | Oil on canvas

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1873 | watercolour on paper

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William Dobson
 
1881 | watercolour on paper

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Unbekanntes Bild
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