King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker

1 portrait on display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker, by Unknown artist, circa 1650 - NPG 1961 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1650
59 1/2 in. x 81 in. (1511 mm x 2261 mm)
Purchased, 1922
Primary Collection
NPG 1961

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Sittersback to top

  • King Charles I (1600-1649), Reigned 1625-49. Sitter associated with 332 portraits.
  • Sir Edward Walker (1612-1677), Secretary to Charles I. Sitter in 5 portraits.

Artistback to top

This portraitback to top

Charles I was a brave soldier and by the standards of the Civil War, a competent general. Walker, 'a very importunate, ambitious and foolish man, that studies nothing but his own ends', wearing his badge as Garter King-of-Arms, is shown as the King's Secretary-at-War, a post he also held under Charles II in exile. The scene is probably intended to represent one of the West Country campaigns of 1644-5, with what is perhaps a skirmish in front of Winchester in the background.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 63
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 116