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King Charles I

3 of 332 portraits of King Charles I

King Charles I, by Gerrit van Honthorst, 1628 - NPG 4444 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Charles I

by Gerrit van Honthorst
oil on canvas, 1628
30 in. x 25 1/4 in. (762 mm x 641 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, 1965
Primary Collection
NPG 4444


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  • King Charles I (1600-1649), Reigned 1625-49. Sitter associated with 332 portraits.

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  • Gerrit van Honthorst (1590-1656), Artist. Artist associated with 50 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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An unusually informal and intimate portrait, this painting is probably the life study on which Honthorst based another image of Charles I in a large allegorical group portrait at Hampton Court. This shows the King and Queen as Apollo and Diana, with the Duke of Buckingham as Mercury, presenting to them the Seven Liberal Arts.

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