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.

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.


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