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An image of Charles I by William Faithorne

William Faithorne

(England circa 1616 – 1691)

Charles I
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24.7 x 16.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1937
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The king wears armour, with the Garter badge on its gold chain. This engraving relates to a number of portraits of Charles I painted by van Dyck c.1637, although none of them corresponds exactly. During the Civil War, Faithorne served in the royalist garrison at Basing House. Following his imprisonment in London, he was banished to Paris in the late 1640s. There he was helped by the famous print collector, Michel de Marolles, and came under the powerful influence of the engraver Robert Nanteuil.

Exhibition history (1)

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

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