© National Portrait Gallery, London
King Charles I
after Sir Anthony Van Dyck Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, (circa 1635-1637)
48 1/2 in. x 39 in. (1232 mm x 991 mm)
Bequeathed by Penelope Isabella Christie, 1926
- King Charles I (1600-1649), Reigned 1625-49. Sitter associated with 334 portraits.
- Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1017 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 62
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 115
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