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Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery

Charles II: The Restoration of the Monarchy

Room 7This room covers the period from the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II in 1660 until his death in 1685. It is dominated by the full-length portrait of the king himself, flanked on one side by his mistresses the Duchess of Cleveland and Nell Gwyn and on the other by Queen Catherine of Braganza and his sister the Duchess of Orleans. The display also includes a case of miniatures and medals from the period.

Room introduction

See also: Room 7: miniature case

15 portraits on display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Anne Hyde, Duchess of York; King James II, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 5077

Anne Hyde, Duchess of York; King James II

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1661-1662
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5077

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 1853

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (circa 1665-1670)
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1853

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, by Unknown artist - NPG 804

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1665-1670
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 804

John Dryden, by John Michael Wright - NPG 6854

John Dryden

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1668
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6854

Samuel Butler, by Gilbert Soest - NPG 2468

Samuel Butler

by Gilbert Soest
oil on canvas, 1670s
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2468

Catherine of Braganza, studio of Jacob Huysmans - NPG 597

Catherine of Braganza

studio of Jacob Huysmans
oil on canvas, (circa 1670)
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 597

Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 204

Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (circa 1672)
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 204

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, after John Greenhill - NPG 3893

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

after John Greenhill
oil on canvas, (circa 1672-1673)
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3893

The Family of Sir Robert Vyner, by John Michael Wright - NPG 5568

The Family of Sir Robert Vyner

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, 1673
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5568

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 279

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1675
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 279

King Charles II, attributed to Thomas Hawker - NPG 4691

King Charles II

attributed to Thomas Hawker
oil on canvas, circa 1680
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4691

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn, by Simon Verelst - NPG 2496

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

by Simon Verelst
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1680
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2496

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, by Pierre Mignard - NPG 497

Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth

by Pierre Mignard
oil on canvas, 1682
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 497

Samuel Pepys, attributed to John Riley - NPG 2100

Samuel Pepys

attributed to John Riley
oil on canvas, circa 1690
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2100