King Charles I
King Charles I
probably after Richard Gaywood
8 1/4 in. x 6 1/4 in. (210 mm x 158 mm) plate size; 9 1/4 in. x 7 1/8 in. (236 mm x 180 mm) paper size
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This etching is probably a contemporary copy of an illustration to a broadside (a cheap print intended for wide circulation) published at the restoration of King Charles II in 1660. The original was entitled The Portrait of His Sacred Majesty Charles the I. Drawn to the Life, The Best of Men, and Meekest of Martyrs. The title indicates that that the portrait was drawn by an eyewitness of the execution. The verse reflects the popular sympathy for the king following his execution.
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- Charles I: King and Martyr (19 July 2008 - 14 December 2008)
Events of 1660back to top
Current affairsThe Convention Parliament and Lords proclaim Charles II king after he issues a declaration from Breda offering an indemnity to those who had committed crimes against the crown during the civil war and Interregnum. Charles lands at Dover from The Hague on 25th May to great pomp and ceremony.
Art and scienceDiarist Samuel Pepys starts his diary on 1st January, writing in shorthand. The diary became a unique social document, opening with a brief summary of his domestic situation and the political background.
Dutch portrait painter, Peter Lely, is appointed principal painter to Charles II.
Official foundation of the Royal Society.
InternationalThe Anglo-Spanish War, begun by Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, formally ends after the restoration of the British monarchy and peace is made with Philip IV of Spain.
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