King Charles I

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King Charles I, by Robert Cooper, after  Goddard Dunning, circa 1800-1820 (1649) - NPG D18305 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King Charles I

by Robert Cooper, after Goddard Dunning
stipple engraving, circa 1800-1820 (1649)
14 1/4 in. x 11 3/8 in. (361 mm x 289 mm) plate size; 15 in. x 11 7/8 in. (382 mm x 303 mm) paper size
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NPG D18305

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

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  • Robert Cooper (active 1795-died 1828), Historical and portrait engraver. Artist associated with 184 portraits.
  • Goddard Dunning (circa 1614-after 1678). Artist associated with 2 portraits.

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This later print is based on one of the earliest posthumous portraits to show Charles I at his execution. The costume is correct and details such as the slightly greying beard suggest that Dunning may have based the portrait on notes made on the spot. Little is known about the artist but he seems to have specialised in pictures of the king during his imprisonment and execution. This composition was developed as one of the standard images of Charles as a martyr.

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