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Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery

Charles II: The Restoration of the Monarchy

This room covers the period from the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II in 1660 until his death in 1685. It is dominated by the full-length portrait of the king himself, flanked on one side by his mistresses the Duchess of Cleveland and Nell Gwyn and on the other by Queen Catherine of Braganza and his sister the Duchess of Orleans. The display also includes a case of miniatures and medals from the period.

Room introduction

See also: The Room 7 miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery

13 portraits on display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex; Elizabeth, Countess of Essex, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 5461

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex; Elizabeth, Countess of Essex

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1655-1660
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5461

Catherine of Braganza, by or after Dirk Stoop - NPG 2563

Catherine of Braganza

by or after Dirk Stoop
oil on canvas, circa 1660-1661
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2563

King Charles II, by John Michael Wright - NPG 531

King Charles II

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1660-1665
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 531

Thomas Chiffinch, attributed to Jacob Huysmans - NPG 816

Thomas Chiffinch

attributed to Jacob Huysmans
oil on canvas, circa 1660
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 816

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 1853

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1665-1670
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1853

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, by Unknown artist - NPG 804

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1665-1670
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 804

Samuel Pepys, by John Hayls - NPG 211

Samuel Pepys

by John Hayls
oil on canvas, 1666
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 211

John Dryden, by John Michael Wright - NPG 6854

John Dryden

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1668
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6854

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland, by John Michael Wright - NPG 5497

Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1670
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5497

Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG 204

Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, based on a work of 1672
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 204

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, after John Greenhill - NPG 3893

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

after John Greenhill
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1672-1673
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3893

The Family of Sir Robert Vyner, by John Michael Wright - NPG 5568

The Family of Sir Robert Vyner

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, 1673
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5568

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 279

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1675
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 279