King Charles II
5 of 295 portraits of King Charles II
King Charles II
by David Des Granges, after Adriaen Hanneman
watercolour on vellum, based on a work of 1648
1 3/4 in. x 1 1/2 in. (45 mm x 38 mm) oval
Transferred from National Gallery, 1994
Sitterback to top
- King Charles II (1630-1685), Reigned 1660-85. Sitter associated with 295 portraits.
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Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 116
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 27 Read entry
Des Granges, one of the Huguenot refugees in London, became a Roman Catholic and followed Prince Charles into exile in Holland. His Charles II as a young prince is one of several copies from an oil by Adriaen Hannemann, painted in exile. He was appointed the King's Limner in Scotland in 1651 and painted many portraits of Charles II from youth till the Restoration. Yet he died infirm and neglected by the King, who owed him payment for at least thirteen miniatures.
Events of 1648back to top
Current affairsResurgence of civil war largely ends at the battle of Preston, won by Parliamentarians under Oliver Cromwell's command.
Parliamentary General Henry Ireton's Army Remonstrance demands the king is tried an enemy of the state. Ireton also instigates a coups d'état, Pride's Purge, ridding Parliament of MPs supporting negotiations with Charles.
Art and scienceJohn Wilkins, Bishop of Chester, publishes Mathematical Magick, the first work in English on the fundamental principles of mechanics, conceived in the form of a practical manual.
InternationalA series of European treaties, negotiated since 1644, results in the Peace of Westphalia and ends the German phase of the Thirty Years' War, and war between the Dutch and Spain in the Eighty Years' War. Delegations are sent from around Europe, Henri II d'Orleans leads the French delegation.
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