Sketch of Endymion Porter

Related Artist: William Dobson (1611-1646)

Private Collection, United Kingdom


The panel bears an old attribution to Van Dyck on the reverse: “Anthonie van Dijck/Portretstuk./Beschreven door Dr. W.R. Valentiner./Collection of Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia/Collection of the Duke of Cumberland.”

The sketch is oil on paper not oil on panel.

Dendrochronology reveals that the panel on which the paper was affixed was made from a tree that was felled after 1672.

Recent Literature & Notes

Karen Hearn, catalogue entry, ‘William Dobson (1611 -1646), Portrait of Endymion Porter, c. 1642-5′,, accessed 20 March 2020, as a later sketch after the Tate Gallery painting, inv. no.1249, oil on canvas, 149.9 x 127.0 cm.

R.H. Marijnissen, ‘A Portrait of Endymion Porter. A Dobson-van Dyck Problem’, Academiae Analecta, vol. 56, Brussels 1996, pp. 65–7, leaving open the question of authorship.



41.9 x 32.6 cm

Examined in

June 2019

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The images are shown to illustrate the project’s ongoing work in gathering art historical information and scientific data on panel paintings related to Jacques Jordaens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck. For published attributions, please refer to the recent literature and notes where applicable