William the Conqueror

British Schoolc.1618-20

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

DPG521-536 (and possibly After De Critz DPG384), one of sixteen or seventeen portraits surviving from a set of twenty-six assembled by Edward Alleyn in four batches from 1618 to 1620. These may well have been acquired, like Alleyn's similar set of Sibyls (British School DPG537-45), from 'Mr Gibkyn'. The images of the earlier Kings (from William Rufus to Henry IV) seem to be taken from the engravings of R. Elstrack in H. Holland's 'Baziliwlogia, a Booke of Kings', 1618.


  • Title: William the Conqueror
  • Date: c.1618-20
  • Physical Dimensions: w425 x h572 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: British
  • Support: Oak panel
  • School: British School
  • Provenance: Bt. by Alleyn, 30 September 1620; Alleyn Bequest 1626.
  • Inscriptions: Inscribed centre left: 'WILLIAM/ CONQVEROR'
  • Acquisition Method: Alleyn, Edward (Bequest, 1626)

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