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  • 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 1642


  • Scottish Art
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.


  • Acc. No. PG 1244
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 153.60 x 129.80 cm (framed: 180.00 x 153.50 x 11.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1935