Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer (1689-1741) book collector and patron of the arts

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street
  • About the artist
    Portraitist Michael Dahl was born in Stockholm. He studied under M. Hannibal and D. K. Ehrenstrahl before moving to England in 1682. In 1684 he visited Paris with Henry Tilson, possibly accompanying Godfrey Kneller. Dahl and Tilson travelled on to Rome. After converting to Catholicism, Dahl was able to paint Queen Kristina. He also painted Pietro Garoli of the Accademia di S. Luca. Dahl and Tilson returned in 1689 and Dahl was patronised by Prince George of Denmark and the Duke of Somerset. Queen Anne later commissioned he and Kneller to paint 14 portraits of Admirals, although Kneller alone remained Principal Painter. Dahl painted an equestrian portrait of Prince George for Windsor and portraits of Tories for the Queen. He died aged 84.
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    Harley, Edward, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer
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    Materials & Techniques
    engraving
  • Details
    Title
    Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Mortimer (1689-1741) book collector and patron of the arts
    Date
    1745
    Medium
    Engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from F B Daniell, August 1970
    GAC number
    8765