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'Charles the First after parting with his children'

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'Charles the First after parting with his children', by Samuel Bellin, published by  Mary Parkes, after  John Bridges, published 1841 (1838) - NPG D32079 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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'Charles the First after parting with his children'

by Samuel Bellin, published by Mary Parkes, after John Bridges
mixed-method engraving, published 1841 (1838)
23 7/8 in. x 18 3/8 in. (605 mm x 467 mm) paper size
Given by Ernest E. Leggatt, 1913
Reference Collection
NPG D32079


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Sittersback to top

  • King Charles I (1600-1649), Reigned 1625-49. Sitter associated with 332 portraits.
  • Princess Elizabeth (1635-1650), Daughter of Charles I. Sitter associated with 15 portraits.
  • Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1640-1660), Third son of Charles I. Sitter associated with 19 portraits.
  • William Juxon (1582-1663), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter in 11 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Samuel Bellin (1799-1893), Printmaker and draughtsman. Artist associated with 47 portraits.
  • John Bridges (active 1818-1854), Painter and draughtsman. Artist associated with 4 portraits.
  • Mary Parkes (active 1830s-1850s). Artist associated with 3 portraits.

This portraitback to top

On the day before his execution, Charles said farewell to the two of his six children who were still in England at that time. Although the essential features of this scene are historically accurate, the treatment is highly theatrical. The figure of Charles seems to be based on the composition in Faber's mezzotint (displayed opposite) although his expression has been modified to arouse a strong emotional response.

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