Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of King Charles II (1630-1685) 1662c.

Pieter Nason, Circle of 1612 - 1690

Portrait of King Charles II (1630-1685), Pieter Nason, Circle of
Oil on canvas
17th Century
30 x 25 inches 76.2 x 63.5 cm
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The portrait in coronation robes and Garter Collar shows the King''s likeness at the time of the Restoration, and facially bears comparison with the famous full-length seated coronation portrait by John Michael Wright of 1661. Charles and his two brothers, the Duke of York and the Duke of Gloucester -who was to die later that year- sat to Nason at the Hague in 1660 shortly before they returned to England. The full-length portraits in armour that resulted from this inspired studio variations, of which this coronation example is one. The handling of face and lace collar are particular to the portrait type, and the opulent treatment of the costume is characteristic of the work of Nason and his studio. It is uncertain whether or not Nason himself came to England, but it is believed that he visited the country at around the date of this portrait, most probably in 1663.
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