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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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6403

King Charles II

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

267

Five Children of King Charles I

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

5705

King Charles II

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

5103

King Charles II

by Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
oil on panel, 1639
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5103

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

1499

King Charles II

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

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

531

King Charles II

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1660-1665
NPG 531

6076

King Charles II

by John Roettier
silver medal, 1660
NPG 6076

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

1313

King Charles II

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1665
NPG 1313

153

King Charles II

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

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

3798

King Charles II

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

137

King Charles II

by James Parmentier
oil on copper, circa 1685
NPG 137

D26421

King Charles II

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D26421

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