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Charles I, 1600 - 1649. Reigned 1625 - 1649

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Charles I, 1600 - 1649. Reigned 1625 - 1649 after 1626

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In this vibrantly coloured portrait, Charles I is wearing the ribbon and badge of the Order of the Garter, which depicts St George on horseback slaying a dragon. The painting is believed to be a copy of a full-length portrait by the Dutch artist Daniel Mytens, who was the principal painter at the Stuart court from the early 1620s to the mid-1630s. Charles was defeated in the English Civil War (1642 - 51) and was tried for treason in Westminster Hall in January 1649. Convicted, he was sentenced to death.

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Order of the Garter

The most senior British Order of Chivalry, founded by Edward III in 1348. It now consists of 24 knights along with royal knights and some foreign monarchs. The badge of the order comprises the St George's Cross within a blue garter (the original emblem of the order), surrounded by radiating silver beams.

Order of the Garter


  • Acc. No. PG 306
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 74.30 x 62.20 cm (framed 97.15 x 82.55 x 8.25 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by William Findlay Watson 1886