Charles I (1600–1649)

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Since being cleaned, more detail has become visible in this painting even though it is still quite dark. Note the beginnings of the star-like embroidery (far right). Charles I introduced this emblem to represent the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry in England.

In 1632 Charles I knighted George Cary who later became the first Cary resident at Torre Abbey, buying it in 1662 for £4,300.

This painting is a copy of the original by Van Dyck, a Dutch court painter who is famous for his portraits of the English royal family, most notably Charles I.

Torre Abbey Museum



Charles I (1600–1649)


oil on canvas


H 67.5 x W 59.5 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by James Carter, 1934

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