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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Collection Tate: William Dobson

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1600 - The 17th Century
Topic: William Dobson and John Michael Wright
Image of the product:

Name of Author(s): Tate Gallery
Name of Producer: Tate Gallery
Language/s of Product: English
Target Group: General public, teachers, students 11+
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Availability of community:
Objectives & Structure:
The site looks at 3 works by William Dobson and then has clickable sections to access more detail about the painting or sitter.
Each work is illustrated and viewers are able to enlarge to a good resolution
The text is a limited introduction to the works, but see also the link to Tate’s ‘Previous Exhibitions’.

Description of contents:
The site has an excellent and scholarly biography of Dobson with a thorough bibliography.
The 3 pictures shown are:
• Portrait of the Artist’s Wife
• Endymion Porter
• Portrait of an Officer
• Each picture can be interrogated in terms of an explanatory text; an enlarged image of the work; a list of subjects and links associated with that particular picture.

Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: good
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
Students, either individually or as a group, could explore this site as an introduction to the artist and some of his work.
The detailed biography might need paraphrasing for younger students.

A good site for teachers or students to begin a study into William Dobson and to establish his position in early Stuart painting.
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Andy Mortimer
Name of School: Project Developer
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art

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