King Charles I
King Charles I
by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1630s
10 1/8 in. x 13 1/8 in. (257 mm x 333 mm)
This portraitback to top
A portrait painted before the Civil War, showing the King enjoying a favourite pursuit: 'he rode well and distinguished himself at tennis and at the tilting (jousting) yard'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 115
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1630back to top
Current affairsCharles I's first surviving child, Charles, is born in St. James's Palace. He is baptised by the Anglican Bishop of London, William Laud, and brought up in the care of the Protestant Mary Curzon, Countess of Dorset.
Art and scienceThe Cottonian Library, containing the greatest resource of Old English and Middle English literature, founded by antiquary and anti-royalist, Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, is confiscated by the authorities.
InternationalPhilip IV of Spain and Charles I sign the Treaty of Madrid, ending hostilities between the two countries. Spanish diplomat, Cesare Alessandro Scaglia, assists with the conclusion of the peace deal.
German, Protestant land is regained from Catholic allies on account of Swedish intervention in the Thirty Years' War.
Exhibitions and displays
- Life, Death and Memory
Until 4 February 2018
- Lunchtime Lecture: White King: the tragedy of Charles I
18 January 2018, 13:15
- Portrait of the Day: Henry VIII & Katherine of Aragon
17 December, 12:30