King Charles I
6 of 335 portraits of King Charles I
King Charles I
possibly after Hubert Le Sueur
bronze bust, based on a work of circa 1635
30 in. (762 mm) high
Artistback to top
- Hubert Le Sueur (1580-1670), Sculptor. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The second son of James I, Charles was sickly, backward child, who was overshadowed by his clever brother and sister. He was thrust forward as heir-apparent by the death of his brother Henry in 1612 and became in time an accomplished horseman, art connoisseur and scholar. His serious disputes with Parliament were inflamed by objections to his minister and favourite, the Duke of Buckingham, and the opposition aroused by his failure to adhere to the Petition of Right led him to rule without a parliament. When Civil War eventually broke out in 1640 he had some successes in the early years when Puritan extremism increased his support. This bronze bust in the manner of Le Sueur shows him as the head of the Royalist forces. He wears embossed armour with a lion's head in the centre and at each shoulder.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 64
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 115
Events of 1635back to top
Current affairsDiscovered by the Earl of Arundel, centenarian Thomas Parr dies, it is claimed, at the age of 152.
Richard Weston, Earl of Portland dies. Though unpopular in the Commons, Portland was an effective Lord Chief Treasurer who succeeded in curbing royal expenditure.
Art and scienceDramatic poet, James Shirley composes The Traitor, dedicating it to literary patron, William Cavendish, Earl of Newcastle. Shirley would later assist Newcastle on a number of the earl's own plays, while benefiting from his patronage.
Postal services are made available to the public.
InternationalAs a result of French first minister, Cardinal Richelieu's foreign policy, France becomes directly involved in the Thirty Years' War.
Elector palatine, Charles Lewis, excluded from the peace of Prague between Emperor Ferdinand II and Electorate of Saxony, travels to England to secure military help from his uncle, Charles I.
- Lunchtime Lecture: White King: the tragedy of Charles I
18 January 2018, 13:15
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