King Charles II (1630-85) Reigned 1660-85

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Portugal
    City: Lisbon
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Benedetto Gennari, Bolognese painter of history and portraits, was a pupil of the artist Guercino. In 1674 he arrived in London, where he was commissioned to paint altarpieces for the Queen in her Roman Catholic chapels at Whitehall and in St James’s Palace. In 1688 Gennari followed James II to St Germain near Paris after the latter’s deposition from the English throne, and continued in royal service until 1692 when he returned to Bologna.
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  • Details
    Title
    King Charles II (1630-85) Reigned 1660-85
    Date
    1678
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 126.00 cm, width: 101.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Air Commodore Peter L Donkin, September 1980
    Inscription
    None
    Provenance
    Collection of politician Lieutenant Colonel James Archibald St George Fitzwarenne Despencer-Robertson (1893-1942) of Sydenham House, Lewdown, Devon, since 1938 (formerly of Wilbury House, Wiltshire); by descent to his sister, political speaker Miss Despencer-Robertson; by whom presented as Deed of Gift (with the house) to Air Commodore Peter L. Donkin of Combe Cross, Horsington, Temple Combe, Somerset; from whom purchased by the Department of the Environment in September 1980
    GAC number
    15102