Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

William Dobson painting for the Ashmolean

The Oxford Mail has a report about the assignment to the Ashmolean by H.M Treasury of a painting by William Dobson. Dobson who succeeded Van Dyke as Court painter, but in the very different circumstances of the Civil War, had a studio in the High Street in Oxford and painted Royalist officers during the war years. Dobson died in London in 1646.

This is the first of his paintings to come into the hands of the Ashmolean and depicts Prince Rupert of the Rhine, Colonel William Legge and Colonel John Russell at a meeting in Oxford. The Prince lodged with his brother Prince Maurice in the High close to where the Covered Market is now.


Prince Rupert, Colonel William Legge and Colonel John Russell meeting in Oxford

Image: Oxford Mail/Ashmolean 

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