Portrait of a Man

Michael Dahlc.1700-10

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Michael Dahl was a Swedish born portrait painter who made a successful career in England. He arrived in London in 1682 probably hoping to replace the recently deceased Sir Peter Lely as the most prominent painter in the country. This position went instead to Sir Godfrey Kneller, who would become a great rival of Dahl.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Man
  • Date: c.1700-10
  • Physical Dimensions: w1016 x h1257 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: British
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: London, Christie's, Delme sale (different properties), 7 Jul. 1894, lot 70 (as Anon. painter); Fairfax Murray Gift, 1911.
  • Further Information: After training in Stockholm, Dahl moved to London in 1682 and made the acquaintance of Kneller. He then set up a highly successful portrait practice, becoming, after Kneller's death in 1723, the leading portrait painter in London. This painting seems to be a pair with Michael Dahl’s 'Portrait of a Lady', DPG575
  • Artist: Dahl, Michael
  • Acquisition Method: Fairfax Murray, Charles (Gift, 1911)