'The most excellent painter that England hath yet bred'
October 1, 2011 4:13 AM Subscribe
Britain's finest Baroque portraitist
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, on a par with Frans Hals, has been all but forgotten, but a new BBC documentary and associated website seek to address that. William Dobson, 1611-46, was painter to Charles I's court during the English Civil War, and the turmoil of the period meant that much of his biography and even the names of the subjects of his portraits were lost. But many of his portraits
have survived, and they're astonishing.
The BBC Four documentary
, by Dobson-enthusiast and Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak, is still available on BBC iPlayer (until the end of Monday), with a follow-up to come as part of the 400-year celebrations of Dobson's birth.