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Charles I (1600–1649)

Photo 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.

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oil on canvas


H 219.5 x W 144 cm

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purchased from Appleby Brothers, 1958

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