Charles II

Etcher Wenceslaus Hollar Bohemian
After Anthony van Dyck Flemish
Sitter Charles, Prince of Wales British

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The future Charles II is portrayed as a youth, three-quarter length, wearing flat lace-edged collar, coat and sword, gloves. He leans on a baton and holds a hat. Behind is a view of the Banqueting House, Whitehall. Based on an earlier painting by Van Dyck, the print was published in 1649, following the execution of Charles I, when the subject was nineteen and leading Royalist troops in the English Civil War. He would only be crowned (and officially assume the titles recorded here in the engraved text below the image) in 1660, following the Commonwealth, and Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell.

Charles II, Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London), Etching; third state of six (NH)

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