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Attributed to studio of Lely, Peter (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1618-1680, active in England) , King Charles II

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Title King Charles II
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Haddo House)
Artist Attributed to studio of Lely, Peter (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1618-1680, active in England)
Date Earliest probably 1671
Date Latest probably 1680
Description Charles II (1630-1685) was one of the most popular of Britain's monarchs. His portraits were in demand throughout his childhood and years of exile, but especially after the Restoration of 1660. He disliked sitting for his portraits and so artists such as Peter Lely, his Principal Painter, employed studio assistants to produce large numbers of portraits based on very few sittings.

This bust-length portrait, set within a painted cartouche, was a particularly popular image of Charles II, and Lely's studio produced tens of copies. It is based on an autograph full-length Lely portrait of the king in the Duke of Grafton's collection (Euston Hall).

Current Accession Number 79-102a
Subject portrait (King Charles II)
Measurements 73.6 x 60.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from the 4th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair 1978.
Provenance By descent in the Gordon family.
Notes The prime version of this popular image of Charles II was probably the picture formerly in the collection of the Earl of Harrington at Elvaston Castle. The portrait type was copied in mezzotint form, in reverse, by Abraham Blooteling and engraved by Edward Luttrell, thus ensuring further dissemination of the image. The painted, full-length prime version is dated to 1671, which would give this studio copy an earliest date of the same year.
Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author David Taylor



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