Bust of King Charles I

ca. 1700 - ca. 1750 (made)


Height: 25 cm, Height: 12.5 cm

A.213-1946 SCP

Bust, lead, of King Charles I, English, ca. 1700-1750

Bust in lead. Bust of a man (Charles I) with long curling hair falling to his shoulders a full moustache and a small beard, wearing richly decorated armour, a hir collar and a sash over the left shoulder. On a white marble base.

This bust of a man with long curling hair falling to his shoulders and a full moustache and a small beard is is thought to represent Charles I. He is shown wearing richly decorated armour with a high collar and a sash over his left shoulder. The bust dates from the Restoration. It is made by an unknown sculptor in Britain in the style of Francesco Fanelli. Charles I (1600-1649), the second son of James I was King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 until his execution in 1649.

Included in the sale of Renaissance Furniture, Majolica and Objects d'art, the property of Mrs Arthur Bull, and removed from Tewin Water, Welwyn, Herts, formerly in the collection of the late Sir Otto Beit, Bt, K.C.M.G, held at Christie, Manson and Woods, Derby House, Stratfor Place, Oxford Street, London, on 24th October 1946. Lot 75 was described as 'A lead bust of a man, possibly Charles I, wearing classical cloak and deep collar, on white marble socle'. Purchased from the sale by Frank Partridge, 144-146 new Bond Street, London, on behalf of the Museum for £33 12 s 0d, under the terms of the John Webb Trust: a bronze statuette of Amphitrite was also purchased from the same sale (lot 50) by Partidge's on behalf of the Museum, inv. no. A.212-1946.

Purchased on behalf of the John Webb Trust

Location: In Storage

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