King Charles II
16 of 294 portraits of King Charles II
King Charles II
attributed to Thomas Hawker
oil on canvas, circa 1680
89 1/4 in. x 53 3/8 in. (2267 mm x 1356 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- King Charles II (1630-1685), Reigned 1660-85. Sitter associated with 294 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait of Charles II shows him towards the end of his life, looking rather lascivious and a little glum. It is not a particularly attractive image but an important one, assumed to have been painted by the minor artist Thomas (or Edward) Hawker, on the basis of a comparison with a portrait of the 1st Duke of Grafton at Euston Hall in Suffolk.
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 37
- Audio Guide
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 38
- John Cooper, National Portrait Gallery Visitor's Guide, 2006, p. 39
- Ollard, Richard, Pepys and his Contemporaries, 2015, p. 41
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 73
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 73
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 117
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 93
Events of 1680back to top
Current affairsWilliam Howard, Viscount Stafford, is convicted of impeachment and beheaded on account of his alleged involvement in the Popish Plot. Whigs' sponsorship of a pope-burning procession, for the second consecutive year, supports their campaign to exclude James, Duke of York from the throne.
Art and scienceWriter, John Bunyan, publishes, The Life and Death of Mr. Badman. Novelistic in form and conceived as a dialogue between two gentlemen, the book was intended as a sequel to the first part of The Pilgrim's Progress.
InternationalRevelations surface of a Catholic uprising in Ireland with French support. The government launches an inquiry, ultimately leading to the execution of Oliver Plunket, Archbishop of Armagh. Secretary of State, Robert Spencer, in adopting an anti-French foreign policy, forges a defensive Anglo-Spanish treaty while seeking an alliance with the Dutch.
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On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery