Portrait of Charles II by William Sherwin

This is the only impression known of this portrait of Charles II and represents an outstanding work by an English engraver who is one of the few - besides Faithorne - who can bear any comparison to their contemporaries in France.

Details

Medium:
Line engraving
Dimensions:
51 x 38 cm
Art Fund grant:
£110 ( Total: £110)
Acquired in:
1928

It shows the influence of the French School under Louis XIV, in the general arrangement of the oval portrait resting on a socle, the coat-of-arms, and the wreath. It is a bust of the King in armour, with a large, profusely-curled wig.

Provenance

Rev Lewis Gilbertson

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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