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The picture depicts the celebratory embarkation of Charles II for England, following his restoration to the English throne. Charles had been living in exile in Holland following the execution of his father and the rule of Cromwell and Parliament. He was invited to regain his throne in 1660 and arrived at the beach at Scheveningen on the morning of 23 May. Taking his leave of those present he boarded a specially decorated Dutch pink.
oil on canvas
H 48.3 x W 57.2 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1860; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897