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King Charles II at Whiteladies (King Charles II; Richard Penderel)

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King Charles II at Whiteladies (King Charles II; Richard Penderel), by Isaac Fuller, 1660s? - NPG 5247 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Charles II at Whiteladies (King Charles II; Richard Penderel)

by Isaac Fuller
oil on canvas, 1660s?
84 in. x 73 in. (2133 mm x 1854 mm)
Purchased, 1979
Primary Collection
NPG 5247

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  • King Charles II (1630-1685), Reigned 1660-85. Sitter associated with 292 portraits.
  • Richard Penderel (circa 1606-1672), Royalist and farmer. Sitter in 7 portraits.

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  • Isaac Fuller (1606-1672), Painter. Artist associated with 12 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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The eldest son of Charles I was made Prince of Wales in 1638 during his his father's period of personal rule without Parliament. When Civil War broke out, the prince campaigned for the Royalist cause until he was sent abroad for his safety in 1646. Five years later he made the daring invasion of England which ended in disaster at the Battle of Worcester. This painting is one in a series of five pictures painted after he was restored to the throne in 1660 which tell of his dramatic escape after the battle. In the confusion after the Royalist defeat, the fugitive was guided to two remote houses, Whiteladies and Boscobel. In this, the first scene, Charles arrives at Whiteladies, and the Penderel family, tenants of the Giffards, disguise him as a woodman by cutting his hair short and dirtying his face and hands.

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