London, Part Four: Tate Britain

A bit of an afterthought it has to be said: Tate Britain leaves me, well a little underwhelmed to be brutally honest. However, what has piqued my interest is an exhibition of William Dobson's portraits.

Dobson was held to be the finest English born portrait artist of his age, and became artist to the Charles's Royal Court in Oxford. He pretty much took over once Van Dyck was no longer on the scene.

A small exhibition, which is on display until the end of this month, so you'll need to get a wiggle on if you want to see it.


Dobson's most famous portrait of the Civil wars, Richard Neville
Prince Rupert, Colonel William Legge and Colonel John Russell
Quite like the detail in "Portrait of An Officer"
Elsewhere in the gallery the 1540 gallery has a rather famous bust of Carolus Rex, which caused a little consternation to the pair of elderly visitors from the US who were very confused as to who it could be - they calmed down when I politely told them it was King Charles written in Latin.


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  1. Those are stunning pictures. He certainly knew how to wield a brush!

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  2. I think the 'unknown officer' portrait is fabulous inspiration for wielding a paintbrush on toy soldiers.

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