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Discover the Stuarts and the Civil War

Explore the Gallery's Collection by the Stuart and Civil War Period


Introduction into the Stuart and Civil War period (1603 to 1714), covering stories of significant changes in the country while focusing on some of the key figures in the Collection.

Stuarts and Civil War resources

Van Dyck: A Masterpiece for Everyone

Van Dyck’s magnificent self-portrait has embarked on a major, three year tour, celebrating its acquisition for the nation in 2014.

Monarchs timeline

The timeline below will take you through the Stuart Monarchs who reigned between 1485-1603.

Stuart and Civil War blog

Read posts from curators and archivists about the Stuarts and Civil War

Charles I (NPG 6357)

See the overlays to this miniature which tells the story of Charles I's trial and execution.

The Chandos Portrait Conservation (NPG 1)

Exploring the condition of The Chandos Portrait using special techniques to see an impression of how the picture may have originally looked.