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Charles I (1600–1649)

Photo credit: St Mary's Guildhall

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An unusual depiction of King Charles I, probably painted after a lost original. The painting would originally have been displayed at the Guildhall as a sign of loyalty to the reigning monarch, although King Charles I was famously refused entry to the Parliamentarian city during the English Civil War. For this act of defiance his heir, King Charles II, ordered the destruction of Coventry's city walls.

St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry

Coventry


Date

1626

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 118 x W 97 cm

Accession number

VA.1950.0013

Acquisition method

commissioned, 1626

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

MAGNA CHART


Normally on display at

St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry

Bayley Lane, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5RN England

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