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King Charles II

16 of 18 portraits on display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery

King Charles II, attributed to Thomas Hawker, circa 1680 - NPG 4691 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King Charles II

attributed to Thomas Hawker
oil on canvas, circa 1680
89 1/4 in. x 53 3/8 in. (2267 mm x 1356 mm)
Purchased, 1969
Primary Collection
NPG 4691


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  • King Charles II (1630-1685), Reigned 1660-85. Sitter associated with 292 portraits.

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  • Thomas Hawker (circa 1640-circa 1722), Artist. Artist associated with 6 portraits.

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This portrait of Charles II shows him towards the end of his life, looking rather lascivious and a little glum. It is not a particularly attractive image but an important one, assumed to have been painted by the minor artist Thomas (or Edward) Hawker, on the basis of a comparison with a portrait of the 1st Duke of Grafton at Euston Hall in Suffolk.

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