Gilbert SoestPortrait of a Gentleman with a Dog, Probably Sir Thomas Tipping c.1660

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Artist
Gilbert Soest (c.1605‑1681)
Title
Portrait of a Gentleman with a Dog, Probably Sir Thomas Tipping
Date c.1660
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 939 x 1149 mm frame: 1162 x 1375 x 105 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1986
Reference
T04162
Not on display

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As the political climate changed with the demise of the Commonwealth in the late 1650s, many people had to realign their allegiances to the restored monarchy to ensure their survival.  Sir Thomas Tipping was a Parliamentarian during the civil war, but later became a Royalist. He was knighted by Charles II in June 1660, an event perhaps marked by this portrait.

He rests one hand on a rock, symbolising steadfastness. The other grasps the ear of a dog, standing for fidelity. The dog is a spaniel, a breed associated with the Stuart royal family – further emphasising his loyalty to the crown.

July 2008

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