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Ernest Crofts specialized in paintings of the English Civil War, combining theatrical effect with historical accuracy. Here, rather than a major battle scene, he depicts the funeral procession of King Charles I after his execution in 1649. Crofts visited Windsor, ‘so as to be correct as I possibly could’, and also studied a seventeenth-century view of the castle. Noblemen in mourning had carried the coffin to Windsor Chapel, where the Bishop of London was waiting to perform the service.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on canvas
H 128.5 x W 196.7 cm
gift from Lord Winterstoke, 1907