Franz Pourbus jr.,
Portrait of Charles I King of England

Franz Pourbus jr.,
Portrait of Charles I King of England

Franz Pourbus jr., Portrait of Charles I King of England
Canvas, 54×45 cm + frame 8 cm, Inv. n. 16

The painting in oil on canvas portrays the King of England Charles I (Stuart), who lived between 1600 and 1649, while his reign over England and Scotland began in 1625. Hence the official portrayal of a king, or better a Prince, seeing as the painting can be dated about 1615. This dating is plausible as the Prince is donning the emblem of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, which he was invested with in 1611. The subject is portrayed half-length, wearing elegant garments, a silk doublet, embroidered in gold and very fitted. A black velvet ribbon bears a medallion and the doublet is embellished with buttons and a belt decorated with sparkling precious stones.

The portrait is generally attributed to Franz Pourbus Junior, but Sir Oliver Miller, curator of the Queen’s collections, in 2000 proposed attributing it to Robert Peake, an English painter who portrayed the Prince, his brother, and sister, and in 1616 was paid for three portraits of Prince Charles.

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