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    Sale 7575

    Old Master and British Pictures

    25 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 68

    After William Dobson

    Portrait of King Charles I (1600-1649), bust-length, in armour

    Price Realised  


    After William Dobson
    Portrait of King Charles I (1600-1649), bust-length, in armour
    oil on canvas
    19 x 15½ in. (48.3 x 39.4 cm.)
    sold together with later additions (which were removed shortly before the 1983 Dobson exhibition).

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    Although recorded in the 1983 Dobson exhibition catalogue, at the time of the exhibition the organisers downgraded the attribution. Very close to van Dyck in style (particularly the central head in the triple portrait of the King in the Royal Collection), the picture relates closely to a head and shoulders of the King by Dobson sold in these Rooms, 17 November 1989, lot 42. King Charles I is recorded as having sat to Dobson several times while in Oxford. Another autograph version of the type is in the Royal Collection (see O. Millar, The Tudor, Stuart and Early Georgian Pictures in the Royal Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, London, 1963, p. 113, no. 203).

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    James, 4th Duke of Hamilton, styled Earl of Arran until 1698, and by descent to William, 12th Duke of Hamilton; Christie's, London, 17 June 1882, lot 39, as 'Van Dyck', 28 x 25 in. (190 gns. to J. Hollender).
    Acquired in the early 20th Century, and by descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    A note of the pictures of the Earle of Arans [sic.], unpublished manuscript in the collection of the Duke of Hamilton, 27 August 1696, no. 3, as 'A head of King Charles the first by Dobson'.


    London, National Portrait Gallery, William Dobson 1611-46, 21 October 1983-8 January 1983, no. 28, as William Dobson.