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King Charles I

(1600-1649), Reigned 1625-49

Sitter associated with 334 portraits
The younger, surviving son of James I and Anne of Denmark, Charles became heir to the throne on the death of his brother Henry in 1612. Charles inherited his father's belief in the 'Divine Right of Kings' and became the greatest of all British royal art patrons and collectors. His dismissal of Parliament and personal rule, however, along with his imposition of taxes and attempts to impose religious uniformity led eventually to civil war. He was defeated and tried on the charge that he 'traitorously and maliciously levied war against the present Parliament and the people therein represented', and he was executed outside the Banqueting House, Whitehall, on 30 January 1649.

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King Charles I, by Wenceslaus Hollar, sold by  Peter Stent - NPG D26310

King Charles I

by Wenceslaus Hollar, sold by Peter Stent
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26310

King Charles I, by Wenceslaus Hollar, sold by  Peter Stent - NPG D26311

King Charles I

by Wenceslaus Hollar, sold by Peter Stent
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26311

King Charles I, by Wenceslaus Hollar - NPG D26312

King Charles I

by Wenceslaus Hollar
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26312

King Charles I, by Lucas Vorsterman - NPG D26320

King Charles I

by Lucas Vorsterman
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26320

King Charles I, by William Marshall - NPG D26321

King Charles I

by William Marshall
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26321

King Charles I, by William Marshall - NPG D26322

King Charles I

by William Marshall
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26322

King Charles I, after Unknown artist - NPG D26324

King Charles I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26324

King Charles I, by William Faithorne - NPG D26325

King Charles I

by William Faithorne
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26325

King Charles I and Sir Edward Walker, after Unknown artist - NPG D26326

King Charles I and Sir Edward Walker

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26326

King Charles I and Sir Edward Walker, after Unknown artist - NPG D26327

King Charles I and Sir Edward Walker

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26327

King Charles I, by Cornelis Galle the Younger, after  Nicolaus van der Horst - NPG D26328

King Charles I

by Cornelis Galle the Younger, after Nicolaus van der Horst
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26328

King Charles I, by Richard Gaywood - NPG D26329

King Charles I

by Richard Gaywood
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26329

King Charles I, by William Marshall - NPG D26330

King Charles I

by William Marshall
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26330

King Charles I, published by Peter Stent - NPG D26332

King Charles I

published by Peter Stent
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26332

King Charles I, published by Peter Stent - NPG D26333

King Charles I

published by Peter Stent
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26333

King Charles I, by Henry Cook (Cooke) - NPG D26336

King Charles I

by Henry Cook (Cooke)
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26336

The Statue of King Charles I at Charing Cross, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Hubert Le Sueur - NPG D26343

The Statue of King Charles I at Charing Cross

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Hubert Le Sueur
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26343

King Charles I, after Unknown artist - NPG D26344

King Charles I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26344

King Charles I, after Unknown artist - NPG D26345

King Charles I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26345

King Charles I, after Unknown artist - NPG D26347

King Charles I

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D26347

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