King Charles I, by Sir Henry Halford, 1st Bt, 1813 - NPG 2189a - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King Charles I

by Sir Henry Halford, 1st Bt
pencil, 1813
5 1/4 in. x 4 3/8 in. (133 mm x 111 mm)
Purchased, 1928
NPG 2189a

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Matthew Paul Bond

30 March 2017, 17:16

What I do know of this drawing is that it would have been sketched later than the date 1813 as the coffin and contents of Charles I remains where not exhumed until 1820 when space was being sought for the burial of George III at the St George's chapel at Windsor where Charles I is laid beside the remains of Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour. What they found was King Charles's well persevered head which bore a very striking likeness of the Van Dyke portraits of the King.

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