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King Charles I

15 of 22 portraits on display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

King Charles I, by Unknown artist, second half of 17th century - NPG 6357 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King Charles I

by Unknown artist
oil on copper with 17 mica overlays, second half of 17th century
3 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (79 mm x 64 mm) oval
Purchased, 1996
Primary Collection
NPG 6357


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  • King Charles I (1600-1649), Reigned 1625-49. Sitter associated with 332 portraits.

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This image of Charles I and the corresponding transparent overlays tell the story of his reign and death. It was one of the many objects made in the aftermath of his execution that honoured him as a holy martyr. The overlays are made of mica, a glass-like mineral. They are very fragile and have deteriorated over time.

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