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King Charles I

20 of 24 portraits by Hendrik Hondius (Hond)

King Charles I, by Hendrik Hondius (Hond), 1626 - NPG D26297 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King Charles I

by Hendrik Hondius (Hond)
line engraving, 1626
16 3/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. (415 mm x 299 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D26297

Sitterback to top

  • King Charles I (1600-1649), Reigned 1625-49. Sitter associated with 335 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Hendrik Hondius (Hond) (1573-1650), Printmaker, draughtsman and publisher. Artist associated with 24 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

Events of 1626back to top

Current affairs

Coronation of Charles I. The queen, Henrietta Maria, does not attend the service, refusing to accept the crown in an Anglican service.
Parliament refuses to grant the king subsidies for war without redress of various grievances concerning religious issues, and the impeachment of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.

Art and science

Two works by Francis Bacon, Viscount of St. Albans, Sylva sylvarum, a compilation of articles of Bacon's own observations and experiments, and the New Atlantis, a brief tract describing an isolated, utopian society, are published posthumously in the same volume by his personal secretary, William Rawley.


France and England slide towards war as diplomatic relations begin to break down. Charles I deports his queen's French entourage believing some to be spies, while the king of France, Louis XIII's chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu, deceitfully uses loaned English ships to fight Huguenots rebels.

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