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Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Walker was the leading portrait painter to the parliamentary side during the Civil War. This self portrait is the most elaborate of several variants (Royal Collection; National Portrait Gallery; Belvoir Castle), which have been dated to the 1640s. It pays ironic homage to van Dyck's self portrait (Westminster Collection), in which the artist points at a sunflower as a symbol of homage to the King. Here, Walker points to a statue of Mercury as patron of the arts.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



c. 1640–1650


oil on canvas


H 75 x W 62 cm

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Transferred from the Bodleian Library, 1845

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