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King Charles II

4 of 292 portraits of King Charles II

King Charles II, by Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen), 1639 - NPG 5103 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Charles II

by Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
oil on panel, 1639
11 3/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (290 mm x 200 mm)
Purchased, 1975
Primary Collection
NPG 5103


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  • King Charles II (1630-1685), Reigned 1660-85. Sitter associated with 292 portraits.

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The image of Charles as a boy soldier was, it seems, a potent piece of propaganda; a portrait by Van Dyck made around the same time as this portrayed in him in armour. This portrait, with its view of a military encampment in the distance, is one of three painted by Johnson of the royal children.

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  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 116
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997)