King Charles I

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King Charles I, by Daniel Mytens, 1631 - NPG 1246 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Charles I

by Daniel Mytens
oil on canvas, 1631
85 in. x 53 in. (2159 mm x 1346 mm)
Purchased, 1899
Primary Collection
NPG 1246


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  • King Charles I (1600-1649), Reigned 1625-49. Sitter associated with 334 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Daniel Mytens (1590-1647), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 52 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Current affairs

Princess Mary Henrietta, the eldest daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, is born at St. James's Palace. She is distinguished as a young girl for her intelligence and beauty. Poor harvest for second year in a row causes widespread social unrest.

Art and science

Death of poet and clergyman, John Donne, prompts recognition from contemporary writers of his great skill as poet and intellectual. Most of Donne's poems are posthumously published, the first appearing in the anthology, Poems, 1633. Earl of Bedford commissions architect, Inigo Jones, to design St Paul's Church in Covent Garden.

International

Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, is made Lord High Treasurer in Ireland; during his tenure of office, he implements successful schemes to strengthen Protestant settlers. In Venice, the Black Death comes to an end and a service of thanksgiving is held at St Mark's Basilica.

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