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Reigned 1625–1649. 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.
oil on canvas
H 76.2 x W 64.1 cm
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1965