Oil painting on canvas, An Unknown Officer with a Page, possibly Sir Thomas Dallison (1591/2-1645), aged 50 by William Dobson (London 1611 – London 1646), inscribed: Ano Dmi. 1642 / Æ ta Suae, 50. A three-quarter-length portrait of an officer, standing turned slightly to the left, gazing at the spectator, a pistol held against his thigh in his right hand, his left grasping his sword hilt; he wears a buff coloured doublet, silver brocade and gold braided sleeves and red sash; his page seen half-length at the right carries his gauntlet. A fluted pillar on a high plinth to the left, and a distant cloudy sky to the right.
In 1706 inventory, as “G:Monck”, one of six “half Lengths” [=3/4-lengths] “in the Piaza”; but when mentioned, with a full description, by Vertue in 1731, it was of an unknown “man in Buff”; by Loveday’s visit in 1738 the sitter was again being called General Monk [as it was again around 1900]; but by 1799 inv., as: “Portrait (supposed Lord Capel) Dobson”, in the Brown Gallery; 1828 inv., as the same, in the Cartoon Gallery (no.461); a later hand has added details of the inscription, and a further hand yet has put “or Cornet Joice”; on loan from the Trustees of the Sackville Estate
Makers and roles
William Dobson (London 1611 – London 1646), artist