William Dobson

Charles II, 1630 - 1685. King of Scots 1649 - 1685. King of England and Ireland 1660 - 1685 (When Prince of Wales, with a page)

About this artwork

Painted during the Civil Wars between Parliament and Charles I, the portrait shows a young prince as a military hero confident of victory. Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of the king, holds a commander's baton in his right hand and places his other hand on a helmet, held by his page. In the left corner of the picture, the hideous head of Medusa, symbol of strife, stares out, literally petrifying the enemy. In the distant background, a battle rages. The painting probably commemorates Charles's presence at the Battle of Edgehill in 1642.

  • title:
    Charles II, 1630 - 1685. King of Scots 1649 - 1685. King of England and Ireland 1660 - 1685 (When Prince of Wales, with a page)
  • accession number:
    PG 1244
  • artist:
    William DobsonEnglish (1611 - 1646)
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1642
  • measurements:
    153.60 x 129.80 cm (framed: 180.00 x 157.50 x 14.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1935
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

William Dobson

William Dobson