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King Charles II

(1630-1685), Reigned 1660-85

Sitter associated with 294 portraits
Reigned 1660-85; the eldest son of Charles I; he reacted bravely to the outbreak of civil war in 1642; first saw service at Edgehill aged twelve and when advised to retreat cried 'I fear them not', flourished his pistol and had to be restrained from charging. He campaigned until sent abroad for safety in 1646. He made a daring invasion of England in 1651, which ended in disaster at the Battle of Worcester. Sheltered by Royalists for six weeks, he was finally able to escape to France. He was restored to the throne in 1660.

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King Charles II, by Unknown artist - NPG 6403

King Charles II

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1630
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6403

Five Children of King Charles I, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 267

Five Children of King Charles I

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, 17th century (1637)
NPG 267

King Charles II, studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 5705

King Charles II

studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1638
NPG 5705

King Charles II, by Cornelius Johnson - NPG 5103

King Charles II

by Cornelius Johnson
oil on panel, 1639
NPG 5103

King Charles II, by David Des Granges, after  Adriaen Hanneman - NPG 6276

King Charles II

by David Des Granges, after Adriaen Hanneman
watercolour on vellum, (circa 1648)
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6276

King Charles II, after Adriaen Hanneman - NPG 1499

King Charles II

after Adriaen Hanneman
oil on canvas, (circa 1648)
NPG 1499

King Charles II at Whiteladies (King Charles II; Richard Penderel), by Isaac Fuller - NPG 5247

King Charles II at Whiteladies (King Charles II; Richard Penderel)

by Isaac Fuller
oil on canvas, 1660s?
On display in Room 15 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5247

King Charles II, by John Michael Wright - NPG 531

King Charles II

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1660-1665
On display at Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley
NPG 531

King Charles II, by John Roettier - NPG 6076

King Charles II

by John Roettier
silver medal, 1660
NPG 6076

King Charles II in Boscobel Wood, by Isaac Fuller - NPG 5248

King Charles II in Boscobel Wood

by Isaac Fuller
oil on canvas, 1660s?
On display in Room 15 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5248

King Charles II, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 153

King Charles II

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1675)
On display at Lyme Park, Stockport
NPG 153

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

King Charles II, studio of John Riley - NPG 3798

King Charles II

studio of John Riley
oil on canvas, circa 1680-1685
NPG 3798

King Charles II, by James Parmentier - NPG 137

King Charles II

by James Parmentier
oil on copper, circa 1685
NPG 137

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D26421

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D26421

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D26467

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D26467

King Charles II, by Frederick Hendrik van Hove - NPG D18534

King Charles II

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D18534

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D20917

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
etching, 17th century
NPG D20917

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D26420

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D26420

King Charles II, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D26416

King Charles II

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26416

King Charles II, by George Glover - NPG D26418

King Charles II

by George Glover
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26418

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D26419

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
stipple and line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26419

King Charles II, possibly by William Faithorne, published by  Sir Robert Peake - NPG D26422

King Charles II

possibly by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake
etching and line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26422

King Charles II, possibly by William Faithorne, published by  Sir Robert Peake - NPG D26427

King Charles II

possibly by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake
etching and line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26427

King Charles II, by Cornelis van Dalen - NPG D28649

King Charles II

by Cornelis van Dalen
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28649

King Charles II, by Richard Gaywood, after  Adriaen Hanneman - NPG D28650

King Charles II

by Richard Gaywood, after Adriaen Hanneman
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D28650

King Charles II, by John Chantry, published by  Peter Stent, after  William Faithorne - NPG D29258

King Charles II

by John Chantry, published by Peter Stent, after William Faithorne
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D29258

King Charles II, by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by  Richard Chiswell - NPG D29268

King Charles II

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, published by Richard Chiswell
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D29268

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D29273

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D29273

King Charles II, by Robert White - NPG D29280

King Charles II

by Robert White
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D29280

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D29283

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
line engraving with some hand-colouring, on vellum, mid 17th century
NPG D29283

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D29282

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D29282

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D29286

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D29286

King Charles II, after Unknown artist - NPG D29287

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D29287

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