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Drawing - Sir Philip Sidney in the character of Author of ye Arcadia
  • Sir Philip Sidney in the character of Author of ye Arcadia
    Dobson, William, born 1611 - died 1646
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Sir Philip Sidney in the character of Author of ye Arcadia

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1640 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dobson, William, born 1611 - died 1646 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    drawn with black chalk on grey paper, heightened with white

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.614

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 1

Physical description

Study for a full length portrait of a young nobleman as a shepherd; Inscribed Sir Philip Sidney in the character of Author of ye Arcadia; Drawn with black chalk on grey paper, heightened with white.

Place of Origin

London (probably, drawn)

Date

ca.1640 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Dobson, William, born 1611 - died 1646 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

drawn with black chalk on grey paper, heightened with white

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the mount Sir Philip Sidney in the character of Author of ye Arcadia.

Dimensions

Height: 12.6 in, Width: 8.8 in

Object history note

Collections - Jonathan Richardson, senior; Rev. Alexander Dyce

Historical significance: This drawing is a copy of a portrait by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Lord George Stuart, Seigneur d'Aubigny (1618-1642), painted ca.1638-40. Its status is unclear; while the attribution to Dobson is traditional, it has been suggested (Rogers, 1994) that it could have originated in Van Dyck's studio as a preparatory study for the painting.

Descriptive line

Dobson, William (1611-1646), attrib.; Study for a full length portrait of a young nobleman as a shepherd (copy of a portait of Lord George Stuart, Seigneur d'Aubigny by Sir Anthony van Dyck); Inscribed 'Sir Philip Sidney in the character of Author of ye Arcadia'; Drawn with black chalk on grey paper, heightened with white; English School; ca.1640.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Owens, Susan, The Art of Drawing British Masters and Methods since 1600, V&A Publishing, London, 2013, p. 43, fig. 24
Susan Barnes, Nora De Poorter, Oliver Millar and Horst Vey, Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004), no. IV.15, pp.439-440 (p.440).
Malcolm Rogers, 'Van Dyck's Portrait of Lord George Stuart, Seignuer d'Aubigny, and some related works', in Van Dyck 350: Studies in the History of Art, 46, ed. by Susan J. Barnes and Arthur K. Wheelock, Hanover and London 1994, pp.263-279 (pp.269-270).
John Woodward, Tudor and Stuart Drawings (London: Faber and Faber, 1951), p.29 and no.19, p.47.

Production Note

This drawing has been described as 'Studio (?) of Anthony van Dyck'. The attribution to William Dobson is traditional; however, as no other drawings by Dobson are known it remains speculative.

Materials

Grey paper; Black chalk

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Heightening

Subjects depicted

Nobleman; Shepherd

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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