Carolus II. Dei Gratia Angliae Scotias Francias et Hibernae Rex
A.Blooteling fecit et. ex. 1680.
Mezzotint, rare, watermarked laid paper, 345 x 255mm. 13¾" x 10". A good impression, with margins.
Portrait of King Charles II (1630 - 1685); in an oval, wearing lace cravat and armour. Charles was a young boy when he accompanied his father during the Battle of Edgehill and in 1645 he was made titular commander of the English forces in the West Country. He campaigned with his father until sent abroad for safety in 1646 following the deterioration of the Royalist cause. He made a daring invasion of England in 1651, which ended in disaster at the Battle of Worcester, culminating in a complete rout of the Royalist forces. He was sheltered by Royalists at Boscobel House for six weeks, famously hiding in an oak tree, and finally escaped to France with the help of Jane Lane. In 1658 Cromwell died leaving his son Richard, who had no aptitude for government, and accordingly, General Monck laid proposals before parliament for the restoration of the monarchy. Charles was restored to the throne in 1660. After Sir Peter Lely (1618 - 1680).
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove. Chaloner Smith h.ii.
[Ref: 25467] £320.00