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King Charles II (1630-1685) Reigned 1660-1685

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Tunisia
    City: Tunis
    Place: British Embassy
    In this whole-length portrait, King Charles II adopts a formal pose, standing in his Garter robes. His right hand rests on his hip while holding a sword with his right. Symbols of power such as the sceptre, orb and plumed hat are placed on the table to the right. A Latin inscription underneath the image includes the publisher's address, 'Sold by Moses Pitt at ye Angel in St Pauls Church yard London.' Plate from Moses Pitt's 'English Atlas' (1680). 

    This print is one of 180 plates which make up the British School I album, presumably compiled in the early nineteenth century. This album is prefaced by a nine-page text entitled ‘Notes relating to the early history of British Art; to assist in forming a collection of illustrative engravings’. The album is a visual history of Britain since the Roman era, also including lists of prominent British artists and engravers.

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  • Details
    Title
    King Charles II (1630-1685) Reigned 1660-1685
    Date
    Medium
    Engraving
    Dimensions
    height: 48.90 cm, width: 28.80 cm
    Acquisition
    Origin uncertain
    Provenance
    Probably acquired by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for the British Embassy in Tunis
    GAC number
    17673