King Charles I
King Charles I
by John Faber Jr, printed and sold by Thomas Bowles Sr, after Edward Bower
mezzotint, early 18th century (1649)
14 3/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (364 mm x 258 mm) paper size
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- Edward Bower (active 1629-died 1667), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
- Thomas Bowles Sr (died 1721), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
- John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
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Edward Bower was the last artist to portray Charles I alive. He worked up drawings made during the trial into an oil portrait produced shortly after of the king's death. Charles is presented as being resigned to his fate. His costume corresponds closely with contemporary accounts of the trial. He dressed modestly and his only adornment was the medallion of the chivalric Order of the Garter. He kept his hat on throughout the trial to signify his refusal to recognise the legality of the court.
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- Charles I: King and Martyr (19 July 2008 - 14 December 2008)
Events of 1700back to top
Current affairsThe sudden death of Prince William, son of Princess Anne and George, Prince of Denmark, triggers a succession crisis. His birth had secured the succession of the crown to a Protestant, safeguarding the throne from any future claim by James II's Catholic son, James Francis.
Art and scienceDramatist, William Congreve's comedy The Way of the World premieres at Lincoln's Inn Theatre, receiving a mixed reception. It would achieve greater literary acclaim in modern times.
Poet, John Dryden, dies and is buried in Geoffrey Chaucer's grave in Westminster Abbey.
InternationalDiplomat and poet, Matthew Prior, secretly negotiates with Louis XIV, king of France, a second partition treaty concerning the Spanish Empire. However, following the death of Spanish ruler, Carlos II, the agreement collapses since neither Spanish or Austrian governments accept the treaty's proposals.
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