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King Charles II (1630-1685), Reigned 1660-85

Sitter associated with 292 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 Wenceslaus Hollar, published by Johannes Meyssens, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching, 1649
NPG D19484


King Charles II

by Cornelis Visscher, published by Pieter Claesz Soutman, after Gerrit van Honthorst
line engraving, 1650
NPG D19064


King Charles II

by Cornelis van Dalen the Younger, after Pieter Nason
line engraving, early 1660s
NPG D19160


King Charles II

by David Loggan, after Unknown artist
engraving, 1660s
NPG D19275


King Charles II

by and published by William Faithorne
line engraving, early 1660s
NPG D19306


King Charles II

by Cornelis van Dalen the Younger, after Pieter Nason
line engraving, early 1660s
NPG D19336


King Charles II

by Robert White
line engraving, circa 1675-1700
NPG D19761


King Charles II

by Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D20916


King Charles II

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, 1680
NPG D18693


King Charles II

by Robert Williams, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (1685)
NPG D18985


King Charles II

by Bernard Picart (Picard), after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1724
NPG D19329


King Charles II

by Charles Turner, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, published 1816
NPG D20147


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