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Charles I (1600–1649)

Image credit: Government Art Collection

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Charles I is depicted wearing a ruff, a grey doublet (close-fitting, buttoned jacket), gauntlet gloves, knee-length breeches and turquoise-blue stockings. An inscription on the painting indicates that he was 29 at the time it was painted. Mytens and his studio painted several similar portraits of Charles I between 1629 and 1631 and together they show Charles's development into a confident monarch. Variations in the different versions are chiefly limited to the background and clothing of the King. Charles I was the second surviving son of James I. He married Henrietta Maria (1609–1669), sister of the French king Louis XIII, in 1625. His reign was marked by increasing hostility between himself and Parliament. He retained the intensely unpopular Duke of Buckingham as his chief minister and dissolved Parliament in 1626, 1628 and 1629.

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Charles I (1600–1649)




oil on canvas


H 219.5 x W 144 cm

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purchased from Appleby Brothers, 1958

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