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King Charles I

6 of 332 portraits of King Charles I

King Charles I, possibly after Hubert Le Sueur, (circa 1635) - NPG 297 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Charles I

possibly after Hubert Le Sueur
bronze bust, (circa 1635)
30 in. (762 mm) high
Purchased, 1870
Primary Collection
NPG 297


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Sitterback to top

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

Artistback to top

  • Hubert Le Sueur (1580-1670), Sculptor. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

This portraitback to top

The second son of James I, Charles was sickly, backward child, who was overshadowed by his clever brother and sister. He was thrust forward as heir-apparent by the death of his brother Henry in 1612 and became in time an accomplished horseman, art connoisseur and scholar. His serious disputes with Parliament were inflamed by objections to his minister and favourite, the Duke of Buckingham, and the opposition aroused by his failure to adhere to the Petition of Right led him to rule without a parliament. When Civil War eventually broke out in 1640 he had some successes in the early years when Puritan extremism increased his support. This bronze bust in the manner of Le Sueur shows him as the head of the Royalist forces. He wears embossed armour with a lion's head in the centre and at each shoulder.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 64
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 115

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