Portrait of Charles I by Gerrit van Honhorst

This half-length portrait shows the subject seated, turned half-right, in a slashed doublet with lace cuffs and a lace ruff.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
77 x 64 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,500 ( Total: £4,000)
Acquired in:
1965
Vendor:
Sotheby's

A letter is in his hands, which rest on a cushion. This painting is very probably the ad vivum study that preceded Honthorst's characterization of Charles as Apollo in his large The Seven Liberal Arts presented to Apollo and Diana, now at Hampton Court. It is a uniquely informal portrait of Charles I and a very remarkable counterpart to the more widely-known image of him built up by the series of Van Dyck portraits.

Provenance

Ulysse Moussalli.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, LONDON London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

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