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

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