Charles II as Prince of Wales

Attributed to: Justus Van Egmont
1601 – 1674

Charles II as Prince of Wales

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Provenance

  • with The Weiss Gallery, 1997, sold to
  • The National Portrait Gallery, London

Please note that the text below is an extract from the display caption at the National Portrait Gallery:

This is the earliest known portrait of the future King, painted, according to the inscription in French between the curtains, when he was four months and fifteen days old. At this age he was described by his mother, Henrietta Maria, as 'so fat and so tall that he is taken for a year old'. The painting was probably sent to the prince's godmother and grandmother, Marie de' Medici, Queen Mother of France. The dog, held by the ear, is a toy spaniel, a breed which later came to be associated with Charles as King.

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