Charles the First. King of Great Britain, &c. &c. &c.
London: Pubd. 1st Feb 1815, for the Select Work of Celebrated Portraits and Illustrious Characters, after Pictures of the Great Masters of the Various Schools of Painting: under the direction of Wm. Buchanan Esqr. By Mr. Dixon Junr. at the Historic Gallery, 87, & also at 60, Pall Mall. ['Augt 12 1817' etched just below portrait.]
Engraving on india paper, final published state, 470 x 370mm. 18½ x 14½". Some surface scuffs and scrapes. Margins rather tatty, else a fine impression.
Half-length portraits of King Charles I (1600 - 1649) in three positions; one portrait to front, between a three-quarter face on the right and a profile on the left. The sitter is wearing a lace collar, star and ribbon of the garter, with pearl earring and a cloak over one arm. Charles reigned 1625-49. The younger son of James I and Anne of Denmark, Charles inherited his father's belief in the 'Divine Right of Kings' and his mother's interest in the visual arts. He had a happy domestic life and was the greatest of all British royal art patrons and collectors. His dismissal of Parliament and personal rule, however, along with his imposition of taxes and attempts to impose religious uniformity led eventually to civil war. He was defeated and tried on the charge that he 'traitorously and maliciously levied war against the present Parliament and the people therein represented', and he was executed outside the Banqueting House, Whitehall, on 30 January 1649. After Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641).
See V&A 26648.
[Ref: 24067] £160.00