John Faber (the Elder) (Dutch, 1650-1721) Charles I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1625-1649), wearing ermine-trimmed cloak, lace collar and the collar of the Order of St George, his hair worn to his shoulders
Lot 2
John Faber
(the Elder) (Dutch, 1650-1721)
Charles I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1625-1649), wearing ermine-trimmed cloak, lace collar and the collar of the Order of St George, his hair worn to his shoulders
£3,000 - 5,000
US$ 4,900 - 8,200

Lot Details
John Faber (the Elder) (Dutch, 1650-1721) Charles I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1625-1649), wearing ermine-trimmed cloak, lace collar and the collar of the Order of St George, his hair worn to his shoulders
John Faber (the Elder) (Dutch, 1650-1721)
Charles I (1600-1649), King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1625-1649), wearing ermine-trimmed cloak, lace collar and the collar of the Order of St George, his hair worn to his shoulders.
Ink on vellum, circumscribed to the obverse and dated CAROLVS I D.G. Mag: Brit. Fr. & Hib. REX Obijt Ao 1648, turned and ebonised wood frame.
Oval, 128mm (5 1/16in) high

Footnotes

  • Charles I believed in the power and divine right of Kings. By many he was simply regarded as a tyrannical ruler who interfered with the church and levied taxes without parliamentary consent. His failure to aid Protestant forces during the Thirty Years' War and his marriage to a Roman Catholic Princess generated further mistrust amongst his subjects who were concerned that the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church were becoming too close. The King's later attempts to force religious reforms upon Scotland led to the Bishops' Wars, which strengthened the position of the English and Scottish parliaments against him and sowed the seeds of his downfall.

    The First Civil War (1642–1645) concluded when Parliamentary forces finally broke the Royalist army at the Battle of Naseby on 14 June 1645. Parliament subsequently demanded that Charles accept his new reign as a constitutional monarch and the demand was instantly met with deviance. The King's failed attempt to forge an alliance with Scotland before escaping to the Isle of Wight provoked the Second Civil War (1648–1649) which culminated in his final defeat, capture and trial. His conviction for high treason and subsequent execution on 30 January 1649 swiftly followed.

    A similar work by Faber was sold at Christie's, London on 3 March 1993 (lot 4). This lot included inscriptions that stated that the original portrait of Charles I had been completed as he sat for his trial in Westminster Hall on 23 January 1648 and that it was in the Collection of The Hon. George Clarke of Oxford.
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